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Sweden stops deportations to Syria
Syrian army defectors join anti-regime protesters on Jan. 26, 2012

Sweden stops deportations to Syria

Published: 31 Jan 2012 07:30 GMT+01:00
Updated: 31 Jan 2012 07:30 GMT+01:00

Swedish immigration authorities said Monday they were temporarily halting all deportations to Syria due to growing violence as President Bashar al-Assad's regime continues its deadly crackdown.

"The Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket) has now temporarily stopped all deportations ... to Syria. The reason is the dramatically worsened security situation in the country," the agency said in a statement.

The Migration Board had decided on December 16th last year the situation in Syria was so dire Sweden could hike the number of Syrians granted asylum.

"Now, the violence has worsened further, meaning no deportation rulings (to Syria) can be carried out," the agency said.

According to Migration Board general counsel Mikael Ribbenvik, the increasing violence is claiming more civilian lives.

“There's increased militarization, the opposition is increasingly organized and among those killed we're seeing more civilians not involved in the demonstrations who are getting caught in the crossfire,” he told the TT news agency.

In 2011, 640 Syrian nationals sought asylum in the Scandinavian country – a 52-percent increase over the previous year, according to Migration Board statistics.

In the first few months of last year, 7 percent of Syrians who sought asylum in Sweden had their applications accepted, but since December, when the conflict became more intense, 66 percent of Syrian refugees have been granted asylum in Sweden.

More than 5,400 people have died in Syria in 10 months, including 80 on Sunday alone, as Assad continues to crack down on protests inspired by uprisings that have ousted authoritarian leaders in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia.

TT/AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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13:13 January 31, 2012 by Greysuede
Particularly Sweden and some other European countries have been granting asylum to these Syrians and the likes of them since 2nd World War. If this process is still ongoing it just indicates that these nations and ethnic groups shouldn't blame to others for their problems apart but themselves as they are defective within only. Remember "Mitt stora feta syrianska bröllop | TV3"? Is this a solution to their ongoing problems?

On the other hand, if bloody British and French imperialists are guilty in their problems for some popular interests, why wouldn't they just go to Britain and France for asylum?
14:08 January 31, 2012 by Achilles7
Whilst I have the deepest sympathy for those innocent people affected by the violence in Syria, why does Sweden feel like it has some sort of obligation to help them? Why does it think it has to act as some sort of 'hospital' for the world. Why doesn't Japan take some of these Syrians? Or Poland?

And if you are an assylum seeker and you commit a crime in your host country, then why shouldn't you be deported? You've been given a chance and you don't appreciate it.
20:23 February 1, 2012 by TheWatchman
If the people who came here were not violent, and extremely peaceful, more of their kind should be accepted.

I bet none of the Jews who came during WWII would dare steal anything.
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