In related news, I’m told that the country of Sweden has just ceased to exist. There are 2 million Syrian refugees out there. And probably a lot more in Europe who aren’t from Syria who will claim to be Syrian refugees.
Sweden has announced it will give asylum to all Syrian refugees who apply, making it the first member of the European Union to do so, AFP has reported.
Asylum seekers will be given permanent resident status, the spokeswoman for Sweden’s migration agency, Annie Hoernblad, said.
“All Syrian asylum seekers who apply for asylum in Sweden will get it,” Hoernblad told AFP.
“The agency made this decision now because it believes the violence in Syria will not end in the near future.”
Good reason to import it into Sweden then. Because if there’s one thing that already peaceful Swedish cities like Malmo need, is more Syria in their lives.
Previously Sweden only offered refugees a safe haven for three years and after each case had been assessed by the state.
Those granted permanent status also will be allowed to bring their families to Sweden, Hoernblad said.
Swedish Migration Minister Tobias Billstroem called on other countries to recognise their duty to help the Syrian people.
“No other conflict on earth today is as terrible as the long and bloody conflict in Syria. That should make many politicians, inside and outside the EU, think about our responsibilities,” he told Swedish tabloid newspaper Aftonbladet.
Perhaps Toby would like to stop by Somalia or Afghanistan. Oddly enough those are also Muslim countries. Funny coincidence that.