Lebanese scouts denied visa to Sweden

A group of nine Lebanese scouts due to participate at a major jamboree in Rinkaby in southern Sweden have had their visa applications turned down by the Swedish Embassy in Damascus.

Lebanese scouts denied visa to Sweden
Photo: Jiingijamborii

Wednesday’s decision ran counter to a Foreign Ministry recommendation advising embassies to look favourably on visa applications from scouts intending to take part in the Jiingijamborii event, Sveriges Radio reports.

“I think they are worried that the scouts will arrive in Sweden and decide to stay here rather than travel back home,” Johan Strid, head of the Swedish scout movement, told Sveriges Radio.

The scouts in question are reported to be a Christian group from northern Beirut.