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Child refugees hard hit by stricter asylum rules

Published måndag 6 oktober 2008 kl 09.46
Will they be allowed to stay?

Due to stricter rules in granting political asylum Swedish immigration authorities are denying more juvenile refugees the right to stay in this country. According to the latest statistics in the first nine months of this year 208 young refugees were not allowed to settle in Sweden. That number is almost equally high as the total number of refusals during the two previous years. In most cases orphaned refugees from Iraq were affected.

Critics have accused immigration authorities of violating the law that regulates treating foreign citizens. It states explicitly that any decisions must prioritize the well-being of children involved.

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