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Protection for Iraqi Minorities?

Christians and other vulnerable religious minorities from Iraq may find it easier to gain asylum in Sweden following a Swedish Migration Board legal council on Wednesday.

Currently, strong individual reasons are needed to get to stay in Sweden, but a previous ruling by the council enabled homosexual and bisexual Iraqis to stay, as their minority status was established. Now the same decision may be made for Iraqi Christians and other religious or ethnic minorities.

Following the decision, guidelines will be collated by the head of the Migration Board legal section, Mikael Ribbenvik, and distributed to the offices across the country. The new guidelines could mean that the thousands of Iraqis currently hiding in Sweden after having their applications rejected may have their cases retried.

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