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Agency to wise up on religious minorities

TT/Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 22 Dec 2010, 07:59

Published: 22 Dec 2010 07:59 GMT+01:00

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The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, is among the slew of international organs which recently expressed dismay over the deportations of Christian Iraqis, pleading with Sweden to stop the deportation of a group of 20 people last week.

According to Ekot, the government is set to tighten requirements on the agency including the demand that increased competency should be included in the government's annual letter of appropriation which is subject to a decision on Wednesday.

The matter concerns all refugees who form part of religious minorities and who seek asylum in Sweden but is the government action is reported to be in response to the specific case of Christian Iraqis.

Sweden has recently resumed deportations of failed asylum-seekers to Iraq and despite the storm of international criticism, Swedish migration minister Tobias Billström refused to get involved, saying that questions about Iraqi deportations should be directed to the Migration Board.

Billström's press secretary, Edvard Unsgaard, told the TT news agency regarding the case of the 20 deported Iraqis, that the government does not make individual case assessments, which are instead left to agencies and independent courts.

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The government and Riksdag are responsible for making laws and enforcing regulations however, and according to the Ekot report the new tighter guidelines on Wednesday are a reflection of this.

According to several independent observers in a still turbulent Iraq, Christians have been subjected to violence as a result of their faith. The UNHCR has identified an al-Qaeda attack on a Baghdad church in October as the start of a recent exodus of Christians from the city.

TT/Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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09:49 December 22, 2010 by Ravioli
Good move. Anyone who reads the news knows well that any religion other than Muslim is persecuted and punished in the Middle East. Strange to see that Sweden's "experts" on immigration are catching wind of this just now. Still, however sad and sorry that is, it's nonetheless a bit of positive news.
09:57 December 22, 2010 by calebian22
No mystery here. Sweden can't appear to accept Christian Iraqi refugees at 100% since they are deporting Muslim Iraqis. Sweden wouldn't want to appear to accept a higher percentage of refugees over another demographic, even though with this group there will be no tillstånd soap opera at school or work every time Ramadan or Eid ul Fitr rolls around. Let's face it the problem of integration will be less with this group but Sweden can't do what's best for itself. Considering that Sweden's refugee policy has more to do with declining birth rates of Swedes and less to do with compassion, doing what is best for Sweden seems to have been forgotten.
10:05 December 22, 2010 by UScitizen
Why not deport all Christians from Sweden and make it a Muslim nation like Great Britian is becoming? The most popular male baby name in England this year was Mohammad. What does that tell you about the birth rate and which group is having the most kids?

Someone made a comment to a story yesterday, that Sweden should deport Americans. Sure, we should all leave and America should turn her back on Sweden, just cutting off all ties and see what happens. It wouldn't be what all of you think. You would not be better off.
10:17 December 22, 2010 by Tennin
Wow way to go Migrationsverket. They should know by now that non-Muslims and gays are really discriminated against in Muslim countries.
10:21 December 22, 2010 by RobinHood
I read in Newsweek magazine a few months ago that Iraqi Christians were abandoning Iraq because of extreme violent religious persecution.

Would it help if I sent the highly-paid ignoramuses at the Swedish Migration Board my old back covers so they can keep up to date with the news?
10:30 December 22, 2010 by know
In fact Christians have more rights than muslims in the Middle East. who support al-Qaeda attack on a Baghdad non muslims ! maybe USA or CIA because they use to support Bin laden from Saudi Arabia.
10:47 December 22, 2010 by Jes
@Calebian22 ,

can you please explain what you mean by "what is best for Sweden" ?
11:25 December 22, 2010 by johnny1939
Send the Iraqui christians on to the US they can absorbe "foreign" religions better than we can.
11:27 December 22, 2010 by know
more than 50% refugees are lying and play as victims to stay in Sweden.
12:00 December 22, 2010 by canuk
@Know: your 50% comment is way off, it's way higher.

How hard is it to say your gay or another religion that is not accepted in your place of birth. they are just words. Swedes are generally quite naive and will believe anything they hear, case and point the Old German man that claimed to have lost his memory that was in the news last year, when he had a good enough memory to remember his own website back home in Deutchland and was caught visiting it at a library.
13:16 December 22, 2010 by Nemesis
To the author of the article.


They will never change.
13:31 December 22, 2010 by calebian22

Integration is easier when the host and the guest have more in common.
13:45 December 22, 2010 by ericrufinosiah
Yes,the Migration Board should have indept study and srutinize all immigrants

coming in to Sweden and those that are to be deported and just because some

local actors and actresses who are themselves immigrants protested then there

is aheld back.If they migrated to Sweden using false and sad stories then they

should be deported immediately or else there'll be more terrorists acts as time

goes by.With certain type of immigrants don't hope for intergration maybe when

the Sun rises from the West or '
14:35 December 22, 2010 by Syftfel
Separation of Church and state aside, I hope that Migrationsverket also inverts this thought process, and puts the breaks on certain religious groups that, by and large, are not wanted by Sweden. In other words, consider Swedes in this equation too, not just these "minorities" however defined. Remember, Swedes have in many respects suffered, and been victims, of the social demm's unbridled immigration policies.
16:52 December 22, 2010 by jimmy1988
They All should live Sweden. Last year more than 20.000 persons leave Sweden not only because of job conditions but too because is many immigrants. This year is expected to increase the number both immigrants and emigrants. One day Sweden will be foreigner than Swedes if things continue like this.
17:11 December 22, 2010 by Jes

" intergration is easier when the host and the guest have more in common"

And this your explanation for " what is best for Sweden " ?

Then I have to ask what "in common "means .

Are you saying that since Sweden is a "christian" nation by orientation , it is not "best for Sweden " to welcome christians that are targeted by extremists , or are you suggesting that the Swedish government should draw a check list of things humans have in common to decide who qualifies to come in or stay out ?
17:26 December 22, 2010 by unseen

mate, so should they all live in Sweden? or should they all leave Sweden?????

your Eng is confusing mate!!!
18:03 December 22, 2010 by truthworthy
A lot of love for the Christians here, I thought Sweden was a secular state. Anyway why is USA not taking these refugees since they are the one who create the situation in Iraq.

Oh by the way, did you hear that Iraqi Christians were voting for SD in the elections, are they getting the help in return?
18:25 December 22, 2010 by Chickybee
Christian Iraqis would NOT blow themselves up - like the Jews their religion forbids this. Allowing more Christian Iraqi immigration would do Sweden no real harm.
19:08 December 22, 2010 by Ravioli

Muslim persecution of any religion other than their own goes back A LOT LONGER than the Iraq war and is definitely not limited to Iraq. Try EVERY Muslim country. But, like any good Muslim, just blame everything on the US. lol

It doesn't make sense to you why Iraqi Christians would vote for SD? Really? You need some help then.
20:45 December 22, 2010 by calebian22

Well considering that Sweden's acceptance of refugees is entirely voluntary,(the UNHCR resettlement program is not mandatory) there is nothing wrong with prioritising. Sweden has Christian traditions even if it is secular. Christian refugees from Iraq would have similar traditions as compared to Suni or Shia refugees from Iraq. So if Sweden is going to accept refugees (demographic solution or humanitarian reasons) wouldn't those that have a better chance of integrating based on more common ground be "best for Sweden?"

Are you being obtuse on purpose or was I unclear?
21:12 December 22, 2010 by Syftfel
@Chickybee: How wise your short words are. Such profound common sense. Problem solved. This is not some Christian right wing push. I think you found a solution. Thank you.
22:25 December 22, 2010 by Strecke
Someone please educate me. What is the reason behind Sweden's terrible decision to allow Muslim refugees into their beautiful country? One source tell me that its because Swedes are not having enough babies but is that it?
23:50 December 22, 2010 by truthworthy
@Ravioli it is not true that Muslims have been prosecuting anyone, Muslims occupied many lands during the Muslim empire and never forced anyone to convert, it is against Islam to convert someone forcefully, now we all know the history of the Christian religion and that they used force to convert people.

Obviously it is your arrogance that takes you away from the common sense. It definitely seems The Local is the official place for bigots in Sweden.
01:12 December 23, 2010 by Ravioli
Hey, Truthworthy- Here's a little quote for ya from your favorite book:

""When you meet your enemies who are polytheists (which includes Christians), invite them to three courses of action. If they respond to any one of these, you also accept it and withhold yourself from doing them any harm. Invite them to (accept) Islam; if they respond to you, accept it from them and desist from fighting against them ... If they refuse to accept Islam, demand from them the Jizya. If they agree to pay, accept it from them and hold off your hands. If they refuse to pay the tax, seek Allah's help and fight them"

Please remind me who the bigots are again please?
01:45 December 23, 2010 by Da Goat
Yes Trustworthy (you not that trustworthy)

you are confusing Catholics with Christians. (common mistake)

Christians never force anything, because their God does not either!

It is when Christians are removed from society (their rules and morals) that society drops backward to Muslim moralsand rules and if these disappear than anarchy rules! total heathenism.
03:03 December 23, 2010 by tercel
23:50 December 22, 2010 by truthworthy

"@Ravioli it is not true that Muslims have been prosecuting anyone,..."

Tell that to the Christians in Iraq and Indonesia.

"Jihad Grinch steals Christmas for Iraqi Christians. "There will be only small Mass in one church in Basra without any signs of joy or decoration and under the protection of Iraqi security forces.

Christians across Iraq have been living in fear since a Baghdad church attack in October that left 68 people dead. Days later insurgents targeted Christian homes and neighborhoods across the capital with a series of bombs. The Islamic State of Iraq renewed its threats in a message posted late Tuesday on a website."

"Jakarta (AsiaNews) - Bogor authorities have banned all public activities or celebrations associated with Christmas, including Christmas Mass, at Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church in Parung, Tulang Kuning, Bogor Regency (West Java Province). The official ban was issued in a letter that restated the usual reasons, namely the lack of a building permit for a place of worship. In this particular case, because the application has not yet been approved after a long period of time, worshippers have taken to meeting under a tent (Izin Mendirikan Bangunan in Indonesian). Without it, even praying on Church-owned land is prohibited. The situation is particularly worrying because of past episodes of violence. Some parishioners, who asked their names be withheld, told AsiaNews that the ban was preceded by repeated threats from local Muslims, who are bent on preventing any Christian ceremony in a public place."
11:08 December 23, 2010 by truthworthy
Yeah like I will give a sh*t about a quote from your bigotry book ..not mine.

here is another one from your book

"No matter how much you try to debate with us or show us the truth, we will still be bigots and arrogant."
11:39 December 23, 2010 by Ravioli
That's YOUR bigotry book, homie. Now that Truthworthy has been finished off, I'd just like to again applaud Migrationsverket for their recent decision and also say, it's about time!!
11:42 December 23, 2010 by bako.ohanyan
Fool the quaren is about a man who hallucinated, what Christians call demonic possession. He slept with his 9 year old niece. Tell me of a more disgusting man! Muslims will have you believe your a bad Christian but our religion is baseon faith and love while yours is about self-denial, persecution, and violence. It take one statement and belief embedded in your heart to be Christian while your religion is all about how many times you pray and if you follow tradition closely. Muslim like to call us hypocrites yet they are the ones who are look at Iran, it has near 100% divorce rate. Get out of nordic lands you don't belong here. Go back to your country which has that great peaceful religion for you stop blaming christians on your lack of godliness.
17:24 December 23, 2010 by Arturio
Islam is a cancer. Take care of it before is to late.
15:41 December 24, 2010 by Sheba
white p'pple came to colonise africa in the name of christianity and missionaries.....it's the most hypocritical religion whose pastors,bishops are mostly pedophiles sodomizing small boys,raping small girls,who become pregnant thets when it's found out it's the pastor who did it.....
02:10 December 25, 2010 by bako.ohanyan
You speak of commen men, don't be a fool! You prophet was a pedophile and your men have been raping white women in the name that we are war booty which is justified by your pedophile prophet!!!! Go re read your book! He is suspected of being a homosexual and your laws help women get raped!!! 3 men must be present at the scene! ! How absurd is this how you care for your wives? Get out of sweden please, your violent presense here has resulted in swedens violent presense in your countries. Check out http://www.answering-islam.org/Authors/Wood/pedophile.htm
05:21 December 26, 2010 by ericrufinosiah
I do somehow agree with " Arturio " dated 23rd.Dec. and hope that from now on

the Swedish Government and Immigration Board only grants asylum seekers and

immigrants to Sweden based on their religious faith.This is not a racist point of

view but all these years most of the immigrants and asylum seekers allowed into

Sweden belongs to that only peaceful compassionate faith.Look at Iraq,some

other middle eastern countries and like what " tercel " mentioned on 22nd.Dec.For

me,I love and care for Sweden like Hon.MP Jimme Akesson and The Sweden Democrat.
20:05 December 27, 2010 by landofthesheeple
OK, I'm sold,

Where does one sign up to convert? Because I'd like to join up before being forced to after they take over, and it's better to be a believer now then pay the piper.

Then, I could say and do what ever I want without question, and would get respect out of fear wherever I go because people who critic My religion didn't bow down to My culture demands would be classified as a racist. lol
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