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Thursday, 24 October 2013

Sweden wide open to asylum seeker from Syria

A new policy in Swedish asylum rules has allowed permanent residency to Syrian migrants and dependent family seen thousands arriving in Sweden since the hostilities in Syria.
More than 100,000 people have been killed since the Syrian conflict began in 2011.
Sweden has now taken in more asylum seekers from Syria than any other country in Europe. Can Sweden cope with an arrival of Syrian asylum seekers?

At the beginning of September, there has been a huge influx since the Swedish authorities announced that anyone arriving from Syria would be given the permanent right to remain.

More than 12,000 people have applied for permanent residency since the new policy was introduced.

The UN estimates that by the end of 2014 more than eight million Syrians could have been forced from their homes, including 5.2 million who will have fled the country.

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