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North Korean asylum seekers sent to South Korea

The recent saber rattling in North Korea may have an impact on Swedish refugee policies. Asylum seekers from the North may be allowed to stay in Sweden rather than routinely sent to South Korea.

Swedish Radio News reports that around 10 North Koreans seek asylum here every year. They are usually sent to South Korea, whose constitution grants citizenship to anyone from North Korea.

But Fredrik Beijer, Director of Legal Affairs at the Swedish Migration Board, says that if a conflict were to break out between the two Koreas, the situation would be different. He tells Swedish Radio News “This situation is unique.”

But, he adds, until something like that were to happen, the current practice will continue.

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