Waiting in line at the Migration Board offices

Fast-tracking Iraqi Refugees

Swedish immigration authorities say they will speed up the process for reviewing applications for asylum from Iraqi refugees here with seemingly good cases.

A special group of 20 employees are to handle the cases within 2 weeks – instead of the many months asylum-seekers are usually forced to wait. If this works, the authorities say this could be a new model to take care of waves of refugees in the future.

Some critics feel, however, that such a system might let criminals slip through – or might encourage others to provide false papers.

Many of the Iraqis fleeing the war at home and coming to Europe have come to Sweden – often hoping to join friends and relatives already here. Sweden has earlier appealed to other European Union members to help share the burden by opening their doors to Iraqi refugees.

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