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Syrians flock to Swedish embassies abroad

Published fredag 13 september 2013 kl 10.03
An embattled suburb of Damaskus, Syria.. Photo: Ugarit News/Scanpix.

Hundreds of Syrian refugees are flocking to Swedish embassies in Egypt, Jordan and Turkey in the mistaken belief that they will all be granted political asylum.

"People are coming to the gates in the belief that all Syrians can come to Sweden,"  Charlotta Ozaki Macias, spokeswoman at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs tells newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

The Swedish Migration Board decided ten days ago that people from war-stricken Syria, who are already in Sweden and who have been granted temporary residence on grounds of protection, will be granted permanent residence permits. They would also be allowed to bring over their close relatives.

However, the new policy still requires that one must find their own way to seek asylum in Sweden. There is no legal asylum route into Sweden from Syria. It is not possible to apply for asylum at Swedish embassies.

 "We have had a big problem with the Migration Board's rule change being misinterpreted," says Charlotta Ozaki Macias to DN.

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