Sweden ends sweeping ‘automatic asylum’ policy for Syrians

Stockholm has tightened its lenient migration legal guidelines with regard to Syrian asylum seekers, saying that not all components of the war-torn nation are equally harmful anymore.

Since the depth of the battle in Syria “has slightly decreased,” the brand new asylum seekers “will not automatically be granted protection in Sweden” any longer, the Swedish Migration Agency said on Thursday.

From now on, officers will assess every Syrian asylum seeker, contemplating what a part of the nation she or he got here from. The residents of the six ‘more dangerous’ provinces – Aleppo, Raqqa, Idlib, Homs, Hama, and Deir ez-Zor – can nonetheless count on asylum to be granted routinely. That won’t be true for individuals dwelling in ‘less dangerous’ areas within the south, together with Damascus, as properly as in Latakia and Tartus on the Mediterranean coast, and the Kurdish-held northeast.

“Their individual reasons [for applying for asylum] are now much more important than they were before,” the company’s director of authorized affairs, Fredrik Beijer, stated.

Now it can turn into essential who you’re, the place you come from, and what threat you’re going through.

Sweden is usually thought of as some of the refugee-friendly nations as, in current years, it has admitted extra asylum seekers per capita than any different EU nation. The authorities have granted asylum to greater than 115,000 individuals from Syria since 2011, after a civil battle broke on the market.