In a debate article in Swedish newspaper, Dagens Nyheter, Tobias Billström calls for a better involvement from all EU member states in the UN High Commission for Refugees’ further settlement programme.
The programme gives protection to vulnerable groups.
Today around 2 million Iraqi refugees are living in harsh conditions in Syria and Jordan.
The minister wants to see more countries in Europe offer better protection to these people and take concrete action in making sure the issue does not just remain on paper.
Billström is glad the programme is being discussed, saying Sweden has campaigned for Europe to accept more asylum seekers from Iraq for the past year and a half.
Sixty percent of the Iraqis that searched for asylum in Europe last year, applied to Sweden.
After the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, Sweden accepted around 40,000 refugees and today 100,000 Iraqis live in this country.