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Sweden cuts down asylum grants to Iraqi refugees
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08:31, February 03, 2008

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Only 42 percent of Iraqi refugees were granted to stay in Sweden in January 2008, compared with 93 percent in the same month of last year, the Swedish Migration Board said Saturday.

Sweden refused to give majority of Iraqi refugees asylum grants due to the decision made last December by the Swedish Superior Court of Migration, spokesman of the Swedish Migration Board Per Loman said in a statement.

The Court said that asylum-seekers can stay in Sweden only after they proved that they were personally under threat of persecution.

"The general situation in Iraq is not enough anymore to get a permission to stay in Sweden," Per Loman said.

Over 18,500 Iraqis sought asylum in Sweden in 2007, compared with 8,950 in 2006, according to the Swedish Migration Board.

Source: Xinhua

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