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Iraq calls on Sweden to halt forced deportations

TT/The Local/dl · 9 Jan 2011, 10:33

Published: 09 Jan 2011 10:33 GMT+01:00

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Iraq’s ambassador in Stockholm, Hussain al-Ameri, told Sveriges Radio his country wants to see an end to the forced deportations.

“The Iraqi government is ready to accept those who return voluntarily. But there are serious questions around forced deportations,” said the ambassador.

An agreement between Sweden and Iraq signed governing the return of Iraqis came into force in 2008. Since then, around 5,000 Iraqis have returned voluntarily, while more than 800 have been send back against their will, according the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) newspaper.

However, Iraq’s Minister of Immigration & Immigrants, Dindar Najman Shaifiq al-Dosky, now wants to launch a dialogue with Sweden and other countries about the forcible return of Iraqi’s who lose their bids for asylum.

According to the agreement, Iraqis who are deemed not to need protection and don’t want to return voluntarily will be “ordered to leave Sweden”, but that the return to Iraq should occurred “step-wise, humanely, and in an organised manner”.

While Iraq has started to question Sweden’s interpretation of the agreement on returns, Sweden’s migration minister Tobias Billström sees no reason to stop the forced deportations, emphasising that Iraqis who aren’t granted asylum in Sweden should leave.

“The cooperation between Swedish and Iraqi authorities has worked very well,” Billström told SvD, adding that Iraq hasn’t requested the agreement be renegotiated.

Chartered flights carrying Iraqis back to their homeland from Sweden were stopped for several weeks earlier this winter following a request from the European Court of Human Rights, which was looking into appeals launched by would-be Iraqi refugees in Sweden who contested their deportation orders.

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Flights resumed in mid-December however, with the next flight of Iraqis being forced to leave Sweden set to take off from Stockholm’s Arlanda airport on January 19th, according to SvD.

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12:00 January 9, 2011 by Marc the Texan
The war is over. Time to go back. Why should asylum still stand? If you've got a blood feud going on with your old neighbor then just move to a different town in Iraq. It's a big country. I don't see how Iraqis can still claim asylum.
12:22 January 9, 2011 by Ravioli
If a person's asylum request is denied, they need to leave the country. Punktslut.
12:45 January 9, 2011 by voiceofreason
Henceforth only Iraqi christians are welcome in Sweden. They are being massacred for no reason at all by their Swedish neighbors.

The war between Shite and Sunni is self-inflicted, and the overwhelming majority of Iraqis killed so far (via beheadings, bombings, etc) have been by Iraqis themselves (Sadrists, Baathists, Al-qaida etc)
12:50 January 9, 2011 by sebseb
Only the Christians should be given Ayslum. The others are in security in Iraq. In fact, the others kill the Christians in Irak, so ...
12:52 January 9, 2011 by landofthesheeple
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12:52 January 9, 2011 by Roger O. Thornhill
Nothing to disagree with here.
13:02 January 9, 2011 by skatty
The 2003 Iraq war has been done without the UN authorization. A unilateral war headed by US for the oil, and US is responsible for the mass refugees and misery in Iraq. The Iraqis social structure, orders and infrastructures have been ruined by US army. The funny thing is that anybody put the blame on the ethnic struggles and religion differences.

As a matter of fact the clash between ethnics has been created by the Americans to justify the presentation of US military forces in the region, which is extremely important for the world economy (everybody know it but just pretend that all the wars in Middle-East are for democracy!) . Americans are using the old methods of "divide and rule" in the Middle-East.

As usual they, who pay the price with their blood, are the ordinary people, who have to run away and live in different countries as refugees to be named, parasite, lazy, disable, uncivilized or svartkalle, and live a humiliated life in some places like Sweden.
13:03 January 9, 2011 by johnny1939
How do you know someone is a christian?
13:10 January 9, 2011 by voiceofreason
@ johnny1939

Is that a joke? Otherwise if it is just share ignorance, I will tell you how. They go to church and don't go frolicking on Sundays.

It is not a secret that the Muslim middle-easterners want to rid their countries of Christians, Bahais, Moderates, Athiests etc. The killing of Pakistani Taseer is a very vivid example.

I have lots of moderate Irani, Pakistani, and Iraqi friends but even this ones live in denial.
13:28 January 9, 2011 by truthworthy
I agree with the minister. in fact I am in big favor of all immigrants (even those with Swedish passports) going back home as soon as there is reliable security.

@johnny1939 your question is valid. I have heard rumors of many other people claiming to be Christians just to get asylum here. I find it strange that someone will compromise their religion just for asylum. certainly I wouldn't have done that even if the whole world is against me.
13:42 January 9, 2011 by ionut
They offer asylum only to big figures and to show the world they care.But the truth is sweds are snobs.Everybody wants fame, money.If you are a free society, why to treat others like prisoners?Iraqi war is all about oil and money.Nobody cares about people.
13:57 January 9, 2011 by Syftfel
Iraq - this backward primitive cauldron who happens to have our oil buried under their sand - has the unmitigated gall to tell Sweden how conduct its foreign policy????? Well, I have a few things I would like to tell Iraq's pretense of leadership. And it ain't 'Good Morning'!
14:20 January 9, 2011 by voiceofreason
If the US went into Iraq for oil, it must be so valuable to warrant losing so many American lives and spending hundreds of billions of US dollars. It beats my economic sense, can I get to enlightened mullah explain this to me.
14:28 January 9, 2011 by tzatara1
@ sebseb :

you are absolutely right !!!
14:40 January 9, 2011 by RobinHood
"The Iraqi government is ready to accept those who return voluntarily. But there are serious questions around forced deportations," said the Iraqi ambassador.

What serious questions? Why shouldn't failed assylum seekers be returned to their place of origin in Iraq? It's standard procedure everywhere else. Why is Iraq special? Please explain Mr Ambassador.
14:47 January 9, 2011 by hisham
Do not worry, today deportation by force .. tomorrow Iraq will raise up and live out the true meaning of Democracy and the dignity .. All what we need is solidarity to the democratic process.
14:54 January 9, 2011 by landofthesheeple
Janurary 19th can't come soon enough : ) lol
14:57 January 9, 2011 by skatty

Actually, you don't have mullah to explain this to you; there are hundreds of books and articles from western scholars and writers about wars in Middle-East and the recent war in Iraq for the geostrategy and geopolitical reasons, and the energy resources like oil.

The problem is that most of the people just listen to the propaganda and the ways of explanations by the powerful people on the top about wars in Middle-East. I don't expect everybody know about the hidden problems behind the wars, I know people live their ordinary life, do their jobs, earn something to continue their life, watch TV, and pay their tax. People listen to what are presented to them by media and believe what they hear and see. I don't expect everybody know and understand the real reasons of conflicts in the world.

Here, I name a few of books, which may help:

Petrodollar Warfare (Oil, Iraq and the future of the Dollar), By William R. Clark

The Hidden hand of American hegemony, By David E. Spiro

The party's over: Oil, War and the Fate of industrial societies, By Richard Heinberg
15:53 January 9, 2011 by jimmy1988
A good mesure by the Swedish Government, let´s see how this is going to be.

High Eduation in Sweden is no longer free because the state can´t support too many costs with many people coming to Sweden. When it comes to tax payer money things should be done in serious way.
16:21 January 9, 2011 by Rick Methven

Higher Education in Sweden IS free for Swedes and EU citizens. Sweden's economy is performing much better than the majority of EU countries, despite the burden of immigration.

How is it in your country??
16:59 January 9, 2011 by laura ka baal
"Rick Methven

Because of immigrants u people r breathing,the amount of Money immigrants r pouring,even u start frm ur great great grandfather,you!ll wont be able to complete with One immigrant also,53% of the immigrant owns company,not like you!ll doing a fixed job,immigrants taught you!ll how to eat how to walk n how to talk,before that nothing but a cold mouse with future in old home.
17:35 January 9, 2011 by calebian22

Translation software failure.
18:36 January 9, 2011 by Rick Methven
Even worse than google translate
18:45 January 9, 2011 by omash kavash
guys say thanks to the lord never been to fight here in sweden for a long time so u dont knoqw how was is the fact is u should say thank u lord and imagine ur self in this situation to be xenophobic
18:58 January 9, 2011 by cowboykodp
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20:12 January 9, 2011 by jimmy1988
RickMethven. You should read what your politics said about the laws. Higher Education on Sweden is no longer free for immigrants only free for Swedes.


They cut this because is too many people living at the system, as you probably now about 30 to 40.000 immigrants arrive to Sweden and 40.000 Swedes leave Sweden.
20:35 January 9, 2011 by Mike in America

"Is that a joke? Otherwise if it is just share ignorance, I will tell you how. They go to church and don't go frolicking on Sundays."

By that definition 90% of Swedes are not Christian. Should they be deported too?
21:26 January 9, 2011 by DJECKY
The truth is that America and its allies knows what they are doing in Iraq and defferent countries under the unbrella of UN .Russia tried to steal the oil in Iraq for 10 years under the pretence of controlling drug traficking,and failed big time she escape US came .and is failling big time.the highest uncontroled society in the world is the US but they are the first to pretend to restore peace,democracy,etc in other countreis.IVORY COST is showing France and the US something also.Thank you big brother Gbogbo.the other African countries are waiting to emmuliate your exemple.Nigeria had full independence from Britian in the middle of the 20th centuries France doesnt want to leave Africa.


well am just using my right as a human being,FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION.to say what i feel is going on around us.
21:44 January 9, 2011 by voiceofreason
@Mike in America

You are right, mosts Swedes aren't Christians. They don't profess to be and may even object being called such.

My aim is to raise awareness of a growing wave of genocidal attacks against religious minorities (emphasis on Christians) in the Middle East, and South-East Asia. No one is fighting their cause.
21:45 January 9, 2011 by calebian22

You seem to be confusing "immigrant" and "foreign student." The article that you refer too is concerning foreign students who come to Sweden only for the education, not for immigrants legally residing in Sweden for reasons other than education (Marriage, Sambo, Asylum, etc). If you are a legal resident in Sweden, education is still taxpayer funded.
00:26 January 10, 2011 by No Haram Done
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00:30 January 10, 2011 by pantheratigris
@ johnny1939

How do you tell if sb is Christian? Extremely easy, give them pork to eat and you will find out on the spot. I doubt a devout Muslim would be tempted to sell his soul to the devil just for getting hands upon generous welfare.
02:47 January 10, 2011 by Ivan Juric
Cowboykodp....go back to sleep..
03:42 January 10, 2011 by Mike in America
@ pantheratigris

"How do you tell if sb is Christian? Extremely easy, give them pork to eat and you will find out on the spot."

Does that mean they'll give me a free ham sandwich when I emigrate? Social Democracy is AWESOME!!
05:01 January 10, 2011 by wenddiver
@No Harm Done- Again well said.

@DJECKY-Sorry to dissappoint you, but the US doesn't give a damned about France or the Ivory Coast. If you discover a financially viable sorce of oil there I am sure that might change, but until then if some petty Dictator name Dumb Gumbo wants to run this one gas station country, so be it, as long as he is not a Marxist. or damages America interests, commits terrorist acts or take US or European hostages. If any of those things happen it will be talk to the Aircraft Carrier Battle Group time and we will fund Dumb Gumbos enemies. Nothing to worry about Dumb Gumbo is probably on the CIAs payroll like hal of the Dictators screeming to the locals about Evil America.
05:22 January 10, 2011 by pantheratigris
@ Mike in America

Typical American all you can think of is about food. rofl

Btw are you somehow associated with Assange? I see no other reason why an American should receive asylum in Sweden, unless you are an army deserter or sth.
06:11 January 10, 2011 by soultraveler3
If someone's application for asylum is rejected they should be sent back to their home country right away. That's how it works.
07:42 January 10, 2011 by flintis
@jimmy1988:- Higher education is NOT free in Sweden, both my wife & son have loans to pay back for course fees', books, grants etc etc.
08:46 January 10, 2011 by ericrufinosiah
I do agree that Political Asylum should only be given to the Iraqis who are being

threaten with death for their religious belief and if those facing death with violence

are the Chaldean Christians then political asylum should be given to them.For

those who impersonate their religions inorder to be gain political asylum just

give them a year or two and monitor them and if they really are impersonators

then,out they go .
10:34 January 10, 2011 by salalah

On Jan 18th we will celebrate the Dream that all men are made equal...
18:18 January 10, 2011 by Njal
Typical Arabic arrogance

The ambassador, Hussain al-Ameri, will not even accept back his own people, that should tell Sweden something.

" But there are serious questions around forced deportations,"

- too bad Hussain, they're your people, accept back your own.

No need for Sweden to accept anymore immigrants from that part of the world, there clearly is no reason for it. The quarrels in Iraq belong to the Iraqi people, and they are the only ones who can fix it, but it should not concern Sweden on any level.
19:40 January 10, 2011 by Dave N
Njal is quite correct. There is no reason whatsoever for Sweden to accept Iraqi asylum-seekers. To arrive in Sweden the parasites have to pass through country after country before they get to Sweden. Genuine refugees are supposed to claim asylum in the first safe country they get to - which would be Islam's showcase democracy and potential EU member, Turkey.

Strange, isn't it that so many wash up in those Northern European countries where the benefits are highest, when they could stay in that sunny Islamic paradise and be looked after by that nice man, Mr Erdogan.
10:23 January 11, 2011 by Triple Play
sweden should not accept sunnis and wahabis who are the roots of all the terrorism activities all over the world. Their faith revolves around abu Bakar, omar and usman who were hypocrites and trouble makers. omer was a paedopile . These guys burnt the house of profit mohammad after his death and killed his daughter Fatima who was pregnant. similarly friends and followers of these guys murdered innocent children and raped innocen woman in a desert called karbala ,after killing their men who refused to bow in front of those terrorist at that time (read more about hussain ibne ali, ali akbar, ali asghar, bibi zainab etc).In fact these guys laid foundation of terrorism and you can see majority of their followers are Sunni and Wahabi arabs who comprised 90% of muslims population all over the world. These arabs are fanatic, abusive and ruthless in their approach towards christanity, jews, hindus and other 10% minorities of islam who are the actual face of islam comprising of shias. They also consider shia in the same category as christians, jews,hindus and other religions. Shias are liberals and open in their religious thoughts. They respect all the religions equally. they have never being involved in terrorist activities since they themselves were victims of terrorism in many countries like saudi arabia, iraq,afghanistan and pakistan which are predominantly sunni/wahabi states who enjoy killing innocent people including woman,children and armless persons. i will advice my swedish friends to do research work on shiaism which is the actual form of islam, shias were never part of crusades in the history. i hope this is enough for today.
12:32 January 11, 2011 by Uncle
skatty - since US waged the war - Sweden should accept everyone who would like to run away from it. How about accepting all the Congolese because Rwandans waged war there? Or is it - white christians are all the same and should accept whatever comes if another white christian did something?

In that case all muslims are most welcome accepting refugees from Somali, Pakistan, Sudan, Kuwait, Iraq and every other place other muslims waged war on muslims. (Oh, yeah the ongoing war in Iraq is shia against sunni and is unrelated ti the evil US)
14:22 January 11, 2011 by skatty

I don't blame Sweden for avoiding refugees from Iraq. In my opinion the 2003 war in Iraq has been illegal as (UN has announced its illegality). US has decided to change the regime in Iraq by falsification and all the nonsense about getting democracy there and the freedom of Iraqis! The fact is that oil has been the reason of problems in Middle-East. The consequences of war have been mass refugees, and I believe in the first hand US should be blamed for the problem of Iraqi refugees since 2003, and US should pay for the damage on the refugees, not Sweden.

From Swedish point of view, the country can accept or refuse refugees. Nobody can enforce the Swedish authorities to give residency to refugees, no matter how many refugees are coming inside the borders.

From the refugees point of view, the problem is, where should they go? If a country like Iraq is destroyed, because a super power needs its oil, and the rest of the industrial world also like to have a share of that oil, then who should accept the damages on the human life, the refugees problems, infrastructures, and the economy.

You men that Americans have the right to attach to Iraq; destroy its structure and tell Iraqis: we are here to bring you democracy, take it or we give it to you by bullet. And if you don't like our democracy then refugee to Iran if you are Shiia, or refugee to Saudi Arabia if you are Sunni, meanwhile we pump your oil, because we have to go on with our developments and civilization in the west world.
15:04 January 11, 2011 by Uncle
skatty - no.

I am saying that this is the US problem and not Sweden's. On this we agree then.

Now according to all UN agreements, refugees MUST be accepted by a neighboring country. The last I checked Sweden does not border with Iraq. Iran does. Jordan does. Syria does. Saudi Arabia does.

Also, for some reason Sweden is seemed to be responsible to accept Somalians who were not attacked by anyone, or Pakistanis, who were not attacked by anyone.

Sweden also seems to be required to accept Iranis, Turks and the entire ex-Yugoslav area. ON which SWEDEN did not wage war.

And hej - Saudi Arabia and Iran also get oil from Iraq btw.
16:08 January 11, 2011 by skatty

Generally, when there is war in an area, all the neighbouring countries get refugees automatically, especially countries with closer cultures. There have been millions of Afghans, who refugee to Iran during the Afghans war in 80s and many Iraqis, who moved to Iran as well during the Iran-Iraq war and they have been accepted. As a matter of fact most of the times, they have to be accepted because there is no other way.

If Sweden wants to accept, or don't accept refugees, that is over authorities. I mean refugees come and apply for residency in this country, from far or near or wherever; Swedes can give them residency or deport them, or keep them to death in a refugee camp. Nobody put a gun on the heads of the Swedish authorise to give residency to a refugee. If they give the residency, then they have their reasons. Swedes haven't been in a single war for over 200 years, I don't think they like to wage wars to anybody at least directly; however, they sell guns to the others to wage wars, there is more benefit in selling guns for the wars than getting in a war.

Swedes are required to do nothing! I think they still can go on to watch their TV, pay their tax, vote to a right political party to deport, whoever they like to deport, and eat their potatoes, there is nothing to stop them. And I wish them good luck.

By the way, Saudi Arabia and Iran are in the Middle-East, and have oil. Read about OPEC.
17:10 January 11, 2011 by Uncle
Then we agree.

Btw Read this:


And Saudis are invested into Iraqi fields... Oh, sorry, I forgot that only white anglo-saxons seek profits, while arab muslims are predominantly charity giving people.

BTW, why did Saddam invade Kuwait? Because of a higher cause? Because he wanted to establish orphanages and hospitals? Why no tears when US saved Kuwaiti arse?
20:14 January 11, 2011 by skatty

You see, there is information that you can get by studying about a subject, and there is information, which you can get by me or somebody else, somewhere here in this forum or by your friends, by TV or some other media.

In my opinion the best kind of information you can get about a subject is studying that subject and not just listening to some people here and there. You can analyze some thing by prejudice, or be ready with an open mind to develop your knowledge. I can answer your questions, but I much prefer you find the answers yourself by studying on the subject. It's why I have suggested a few books in one of my comments (#18) to somebody else.

You will find all the answers to your questions in those books. I do comments on an article, sometimes short, sometimes long. But when you ask questions, which need long explanation about almost two decades history, then I think you should read the books.
20:19 January 11, 2011 by Uncle
skatty you made a record in saying nothing in so many words.

The important thing is that we all agree that Sweden should not base it's refugee acceptance judgement "because US invaded"... everything else is a bull.
01:30 January 12, 2011 by my5cents
The Iraq "war" is created by the US government to make money on oil and warfare. It has nothing to do with religion.

There is NO REASON we have to put up with their stupid moscs and phony rituals much less having their beliefs imposed on our lives.

Tear down those moscs and stop any refugee action - there is no reason for any sympathy and why the fricken hell should be support this with our taxmoney?

get informed and find out what is REALLY going in here;

01:42 January 12, 2011 by MikeSar
Under accepted international law, Sweden has the right to remove anyone that has no legal right to be in Sweden. Period, end of story. Yet, ...

Some sensitive people do wonder why these, or any other, people cannot be learn to be happy in Sweden and, therefore, abide by Swedish laws?

Why some are willing to die, even, while trying to hurt others?

Don't we assume that the rule of law is natural and proper?

With all the benefits in Sweden, why do they break the law?

Some people stop following their Religious vows,

but they seem to prefer death to life, why?

They are not sick or crazy, is it some ideology?
09:52 January 12, 2011 by No Haram Done
Perhaps if 40 years ago Europe & the US had begun taking in minority CHRISTIAN immigrants from the M.E. (the Iraqi Assyrian Chaldeans, Egyptian Coptics, Syrian Melkites, Lebanese Greek Catholics, etc.) instead of taking Muslims (along with THEIR well-known inability to ASSIMILATE), we wouldn't have to be protesting the CURRENT wave of MASSACRES of CHRISTIAN minorities by MUSLIM governments!

We'd instead have APPRECIATIVE people who'd GRATEFULLY enjoy a REAL civilization (that would be EUROPE & especially Sverige)!

THEN, the Islamic M.E., shed of its "inferior" Dhimmi population, could show The World how its new-found "purity" is leading it to achieve new & GREAT accomplishments for all of HUMANKIND!

"Political correctness does not legislate tolerance, it only organizes hatred" - Jacques Martin Barzun (born 30Nov07), French-born American historian of ideas and culture.

"Muslims must not take the infidels as friends." ('Awliah') Koran 3:28

"We will put terror into the hearts of the unbelievers (Jews and Christians). They serve OTHER GODS for whom no sanction has been revealed. Hell shall be their home; dismal indeed is the dwelling place of the evil-doers". K. 3:149

"Believers, do not make friends with any men other than your OWN PEOPLE. They will spare no pains to corrupt you. They desire nothing but your ruin. Their hatred is clear from what they say, but more violent is the hatred which their breasts conceal". K. 3:117
20:37 January 18, 2011 by Clarabow
Let me tell you something about history. Who has been responsible for more genocide in the last 2 thousand years - the Catholic Church. Does this surprise you - it should. And most of this genocide has been in the last one thousand years. The Crusades; the decimation of the American Indians; the Cathars; The Holy and Spanish Inquisition, the list goes on up to recent times. And to remind us of how corrupt and evil they were today we have the sexual deviant priest. I can't find anything to compare? Certainly not Muslims. Hitler and Stalin certainly killed millions, but they were not Muslims? They killed us, we killed them and we got it wrong, and so it goes on...
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