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Swedish Migration Agency to grant China's Uighurs refugee status

Protesters against the internment of Uighurs march to the Permanent Mission of China to the United Nations in New York in 2018. Photo: AP Photo/Seth Wenig

Published: 20.Mar.2019 08:42 hrs

Uighurs and other Muslim minorities who flee from China to Sweden will more easily be able to get a residence permit following a new decision from the Swedish Migration Agency.

In a new official standpoint, the agency states that it is sufficient for someone to be an Uighur for them to face a risk of persecution, Sveriges Radio was first to report. This means that members of these minorities do not need to prove that they as individuals face a specific risk of persecution in order for their applications to be granted.

"What we've seen is that there is quite far-reaching repression by the state. Where they can arrest and intern people without any criminal charges. People are put in what are described as 're-education camps'. This is happening arbitrarily," Carl Bexelius, deputy head of the Migration Agency's justice department, told the radio.

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