Swedish Migration Board offices in Solna

Less Iraqi Refugees to Stay in Sweden

The number of Iraqi asylum seekers to stay in Sweden is decreasing.

As Swedish Radio news reports, 72 percent of all applications were rejected by the Immigration Board in February – with merely 23 percent being approved.

This means that the brunt of the around 11,000 Iraqis who are still waiting for their cases to be reviewed, are likely to be sent back to Iraq.

Earlier, the Migration Board has ruled that Iraqi applications should be reviewed on the fact that there was no ongoing armed conflict in Iraq anymore.

This has evoked harsh criticism by human rights groups who claim that rejected refugees are facing a life under violent circumstances.

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