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Asylum seeker figures soar

Issue 310
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Somaliland Claims Victory In Latest Sool Clash With Puntland

President Rayale in Washington

MP Alun Michael Pop's The Question In 'Prime Minster's Question Time'

Tribute To Legendary Singer Muhamad Yusuf Abdi 1940-2008

Kenya Opposition Calls 3 Days Of Protest

The New Somaliland Press & Publications Bill 2007

Somalia's Former PM To Run For President In 2009

The ERA Of Injustice, Corruption And Mismanagement In Somaliland Must Come To An End

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''Somalia's New Reality: A Strategic Overview''

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Kenya's Neighbors Start To Feel The Heat

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Hail Caesar?

Asylum seeker figures soar

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One step back, one step forward

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Kenya failure bruises African Union ambitions

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Peace Appeal: Uniting Against The Violence In Kenya

Thank You: Letter From The Leadership Of Qaran

Studying In Uganda: “Live To Learn, You Will Learn How To Live”

Why Are You Seceding… Brother?‏

KAMPALA: EHAHRD-Net APPALLED BY VIOLENCE IN KENYA-HRDs MUST BE PROTECTED

Somaliland elders never tire and retire


7 Jan 2008

The total number of asylum seekers to Sweden increased by 49 percent last year, with a dramatic surge in the numbers of Iraqis and Somalis applying, Swedish authorities said Sunday.

The Scandinavian country received 36,207 asylum applications last year, up from 24,300 in 2006, the Swedish Migration Board said in a statement.

The number of Iraqis seeking shelter in Sweden more than doubled, from 8,951 in 2006 to 18,559 a year later.

The figures for Somali applicants more than tripled, from 1,066 in 2006 to 3,349 in 2007.

More children applied for asylum on their own last year, said the immigration authority.

Minors from war-ravaged Iraq, Somalia and Afghanistan accounted for most of the 1,264 applications in this category.

The Migration Board said it had granted half of all applications last year, up from 40 percent in 2006.

Explaining the increase, Swedish Migration Minister Tobias Billström told the TT news agency: "Many people have obviously cited reasons that we think give them a right to shelter."

Source: AFP

 


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