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Roma refugees at Malmö's Sturup airport
Kosovars Sent to Serbia

Roma Refused Asylum

Sweden has been strongly criticised from several human rights organizations because many Roma from Kosovo who have sought asylum here, have been expelled to Serbia.

The United Nations agency for refugees, the UNHCR, says most of the asylum seekers should have been allowed to stay in this country.

But during the first half of this year less than one in ten refugees from Kosovo was given asylum here. According to estimates at least 80 percent of the refugees were Roma.

The critics are also asking why they are being sent to Serbia, as Sweden has recognized Kosovo’s independence as a separate country.

(Reportage: Olgica Lindquist and Veli Brijani)

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