Sweden Asked Not To Send Back Asylum Seekers

The UN Refugee Agency has called for Sweden to stop sending back asylum seekers to Greece. Last year alone Sweden sent back almost 900 applicants, most of them originally from Iraq.

According to EU legislation an asylum seeker is to be sent back to the country in which they first enter the EU. However the Refugee Agency known as the UNHCR said that despite Greece having the second largest amount of asylum seekers from Iraq after Sweden, very few receive asylum and most are turned away at the border without their case being processed.

The UNCHR has now sent a letter to the EU Commission saying that the situation is severe and has called for the EU countries to make use of the Dublin Convention.

This would mean that individual countries would decide how to treat each case of asylum rather than sending the seekers back directly.