Anders Ygeman
Home Affairs Minister Anders Ygeman (Social Democrat). File photo: Bertil Ericson,TT

Sweden: Morocco must act more responsibly

Morocco needs to take responsibility for children who come to Sweden without cause for asylum, according to Swedish Minister of Home Affairs Anders Ygeman, who, according to the daily Dagens Nyheter, has called Morocco's envoy to Sweden for a conversation about the issue.

"There's a clear committment in international law that Morocco must live up to," Ygeman told the newspaper.

The issue concerns teenaged boys who have come to Sweden primarily from Morocco and often resort to crime or prostitution in order to make a living. Many of them live on the street.

Since 2012, 1,100 Moroccan boys have sought asylum in Sweden, and most of their applications are rejected. However, they cannot be deported back, because Morocco questions their citizenship. The boys lack passports, and Morocco's response is that they could just as well have come from another country.

But Ygeman feels this is a poor excuse, and told the newspaper that when he realized how hard it was to deport these people, he saw that he must act.

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