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Sweden halts asylum decisions for applicants from northeastern Syria

A demonstration organized by Kurdish groups in Stockholm to protest against the Turkish offensive. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

Published: 17.Oct.2019 11:47 hrs

Sweden's Migration Agency has decided to stop all decisions on asylum cases relating to people from northeastern Syria, it said in a statement this morning.

The agency has taken a new "situational analysis" due to Turkey's offensive in the area, which began last week and also prompted Sweden's Foreign Minister to propose a weapons embargo against Turkey.

"At this stage, it is not possible to assess how the conflict will develop," the Migration Agency's legal director Fredrik Beijer said in a statement on Thursday morning.

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