According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, at least 150,000 Syrians have fled to neighboring countries.
So far Europe lacks a common strategy for accepting asylum seekers from Syria, and until recently some countries even sent refugees back. Swedish Liberal Party MEP Cecilia Wikström says the EU should have a common responsibility: “It is important to speak with one voice and not 27,” she tells Swedish Radio News. “Those who succeed in escaping must be received in a decent way in Europe, and for that we need to act together.”
Demonstrators break into Syrian embassy
11 people have been arrested by police after they broke into the Syrian embassy in the northern Stockholm suburb of Danderyd.
After the police detentions around 15 people continued to demonstrate outside the embassy, chanting “We want democracy in Syria”.