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Refugees refuse to leave Sweden

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10:38 CET+01:00
An increasing number of refugees are refusing to leave Sweden voluntarily. The police were informed of deportation orders for 1,500 Iraqis in 2007. This represents a seven-fold increase on 2006.

Despite being notified of deportation orders, the police carry out only a handful of actual deportations.

"If a person does not wish to leave then there is a good chance of rendering the deportation decision impossible to carry out," said Per Löwenberg at the National Police Board to Dagens Nyheter.

Neither Iraq nor Iran allow deported citizens to return home. Only those that return of their own free will are welcome.

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