The BBC highlights the stream of Iraqi refugees to Sweden – one of the European countries that didn’t support the invasion in Iraq.
The timing of the BBC report is a bit ironic as the Swedish Migration Board has decided that Iraqis as a rule can be sent back to most parts of the country, including Baghdad. (Link to the official press release, in Swedish)
To receive refugee status in Sweden, Iraqis will now have to prove that they were specifically tarteged.
In Europe, Sweden has been a favourite target for Iraqis because of a relatively liberal refugee policy. Countries like Denmark and the UK – which participated in the invasion of Iraq – have generally been extremely reluctant to accept refugees.
Further reading: Iraqi Refugees: Our Problem or Sweden’s?, Washington Post 18 June, 2007.