Residency permits granted to several Palestinians on hunger strike

A number of Palestinian asylum seekers who went on a hunger strike demanding the right to stay in Sweden have been granted asylum, news agency TT reports.

On Wednesday, Swedish Migration Agency issued several residence permits to some of the Palestinians who protested for longer than a month outside the agency's offices in Malmö.

"It started with two, and right now it's up to 11 permanent residency permits," said Tobias Lohse, who has been supporting the group since their protests began.
Those with residence permits are among the group of about 100 Palestinians who were previously deported to Iraq, and many now believe that the protests helped secured the permits. 

The Swedish Migration Agency confirmed that a number of Palestinians from Iraq have received permanent residence but cited the deteriorating security situation for Palestinians in Iraq as a consideration for the cases.