Kaliber reporters Marie-Jeanette Löfgren and Nuri Kino

More Iraqi Refugees Than in Rest of EU

According to documents obtained by the Swedish Radio program ”Kaliber”, Sweden is now receiving more asylum-seekers from Iraq than all of the rest of the European Union together.

The figures, from the United Nations refugee agency, show that nearly 14,000 refugees from Iraq arrived in Sweden between January and September. That’s 500 more than to all of the other 24 EU countries.

The program also reports that according to an internal foreign ministry document, the Swedish embassy in Damascus says that Iraqis are being encouraged to leave Syria, which will probably increase the number of asylum-seekers coming to this country.

On Monday ”Kaliber” also reported that around 70 Iraqis a day are being brought into Sweden by human smugglers. The police say between 30 and 35 smuggling gangs are active in this country.

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