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Syrian refugees queue at Swedish Embassies

Linda Genborg 2013-09-13

Hundreds of Syrian refugees arrive at the Swedish Embassies in Amman, Ankara and Cairo every day, following last week’s news that all Syrian refugees in Sweden will receive permanent residency. The problem is that many have misunderstood the implications of the law change – there is still no legal way for refugees to enter Sweden.

According to Dagens Nyheter, when the news was released, the information in several media could be interpreted as if Sweden had opened a legal way to Sweden for Syrian refugees. But fact is that refugees applying for asylum in Sweden still must make their way here illegally, often with the help of smugglers, before they can hand in their application.

The change to the law is that when applying for asylum after they have arrived in Sweden, all Syrian refugees get permanent residency. This means their children and partners can come here legally, reports Dagens Nyheter.

The Swedish embassy in Ankara, Turkey, has requested extra resources from the Foreign Ministry.

“Early every morning there are 60 people queuing outside the embassy,” said the Ambassador Lars Wahlund to Dagens Nyheter.

The Embassy in Amman, Jordania, had several hundred visitors and phone calls every day last week.

“Many thought they could come here and receive asylum right away,” said Ambassador Helena Rietz to Dagens Nyheter.

The Migration Board’s Head of Communications, Patrik Peter, told the newspaper:

“The information on our website has been correct all along. We can’t do anything about faulty information in the media or rumours. Maybe there are some things we could have done differently. We will evaluate it.”

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