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“Eritrean refuges in Migrationsverket), told ( ).and , who are fleeing the totalitarian regime in , need the international community to make a contribution and do their part,” Dan Eliasson, the head of the (
Each year, the Riksdag allocates funding allowing theto bring between 1,700 and 1,900 refugees to Sweden under the UN’s quota programme.
Currently, Sweden is one of 19 countries which accept quota refugees on an annual basis.
While Sweden last year gave priority to refugees from Iraq and it the surrounding area, changing circumstances have resulted in a switch in focus.
“The situation continues to be tough near Iraq, in refugee camps in and Syria,” Eliasson told SR.
“The humanitarian situation is still difficult, but somewhat better. The situation in the horn ofis tougher. And so we, together with the UN refugee committee, have decided we can change direction somewhat.”
The shift will result in roughly 600 fewer Iraqi refugees coming to Sweden in 2010. Meanwhile, about 850 refugees will be transferred to Sweden from camps in Kenya, Sudan, and Libya.
“is a country which is in the process of imploding. The fighting around and the south is fierce and people are suffering,” said Eliasson.