Anders Lago during the hearing

Swedish Mayor Praised in US Congress

Anders Lago, mayor of the Swedish town of Södertälje, has testified before a US congressional committee on the situation of Iraqi refugees.

The social democratic politician told the committee that although Sweden neither started nor took part in the war in Iraq, his municipality assumes a huge responsibility for those who are affected.

Democratic Senator Benjamin Cardin thanked Lago and the town of Södertälje for their efforts, adding that this was an inspiration to the international community to do more for Iraqi refugees.

Södertälje, south of Stockholm, with a population of under 84,000 received some 1,200 asylum seekers from Iraq the previous year. Since the Iraq war started, Sweden has taken in around 40,000 refugees altogether.

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