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Sweden Puts Out Welcome Mat for Unlimited Syrian Refugees
On Tuesday, I blogged about the explosive numbers of Syrian refugees — now two million — after several years of war but before General Obama’s military strikes. Surely more chaos in the region will cause even more people to flee the danger, and become refugees. One might reasonably fear an Obama decision to admit kazillions of Muslim Syrians to this country to demonstrate his enormous benevolence to the diverse downtrodden of the world.
But the offer from Sweden for resettlement of any and all Syrian refugees is crazy-generous.
Sweden’s 2012 census counted 9,555,893 residents of the nation. An influx of a million Syrian refugees (only half of the number reported) would overwhelm Swedish society with an alien, unfriendly culture.
Sweden already has trouble with violent Muslims who don’t want to assimilate to Western values. In May, rowdy “youths” rioted in Stockholm for five nights. In 2010, a Muslim suicide bomber struck Stockholm, and in immigrant-thick Malmo, firemen need police protection to fight fires in Muslim neighborhoods. Importing a huge glut of Islamic unfriendlies at one time seems suicidal.
RefugeeResettlementWatch has noted US-based resettlement professionals gleefully contemplating mucho thousands of Syrians coming to this country. But hopefully the offer of Sweden — which is closer and is famous for generous welfare benefits — will prove irresistible. It would be better for all concerned if wealthy Arab states like Saudi and the Gulf states would open their doors, but that’s not happening.
Sweden grants blanket asylum to Syrian refugees, Special Broadcasting Service (Australia), September 5, 2013
Sweden has become the first European Union country to announce it will give asylum to all Syrian refugees who apply. ”All Syrian asylum seekers who apply for asylum in Sweden will get it,” Annie Hoernblad, the spokeswoman for Sweden’s migration agency, told AFP.
“The agency made this decision now because it believes the violence in Syria will not end in the near future.”
The decision, which will give refugees permanent resident status, is valid until further notice, added Hoernblad.
Until now, Sweden could only house refugees temporarily for three years, after each individual case was evaluated by the state.
The agency expects that the “vast majority of Syrian nationals who today have provisional status will apply for permanent status,” said Hoernblad.
Those granted permanent status will also be allowed to bring their families to Sweden.
The move came as the United Nations said the number of refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria had passed two million, which the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, called “the great tragedy of this century”.
Since 2012, Sweden has taken in some 14,700 asylum seekers from Syria.
Swedish Migration Minister Tobias Billstroem called on other countries to recognise their duty to help the Syrian people.