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Sweden demands EU help over Iraqi refugees

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10:08 CET+01:00
Over half the asylum applications made in Europe by Iraqis are made in Sweden. Now the country's migration minister Tobias Billström is demanding that other EU member states take more responsibility.

Writing in Svenska Dagbladet, Billström and Europe minister Cecilia Malmstöm argue that "there must be solidarity between EU member states, so that more of us share responsibility for sheltering refugees."

The ministers say it is important for there to be common rules for EU countries, citing the EU's stated goal of a common asylum system by 2010.

Sweden plans to investigate the possibility of using the EU's refugee fund to cover the country's increased expenses. The fund was created to aid member states' with costs associated with receiving refugees.

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