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Last year Sweden received 8,950 asylum applications from Iraqis, nearly half of the 22,200 who came to Europe. The United Kingdom received only 1,305, according to UN statistics.
We wanted to get as far away from Iraq as possible," said 50-year-old Halim, standing outside his ground floor flat in southern Sweden.
"Everyone wants to go to Sweden, it has always been good to Iraqis. They respect human rights here. I wanted my children to grow up in a safe country, that's why we chose Sweden," said Halim.
Every night it is the same scene here. Some 2,000 arrive each day as the exodus from Iraq continues, four years after the US and British invasion.
At least 1.5m have come to Syria, more than to any other country in the region.
As Syrian authorities have so far allowed the refugees to live freely rather than in camps, it has led to overcrowding in many parts of Damascus.
Basic services like power, water and sewage are under severe strain. Complaints are beginning to be heard from Syrians about the impact on their already stretched economy.
Being members of the Ba'ath party when the U.S.-led occupation began, particularly when CPA (Coalition Provisional Authority) Administrator Paul Bremer instituted the "de-Ba'athification" plan, caused most teachers and administrators to be fired, arrested or later to be assassinated by death squads and replaced by others who were selected by new ruling parties, which tended to be Shi'ite religious fundamentalists.
These factors, on top of the harsh economic sanctions and the current occupation, have left Iraq's education system in shambles.
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Originally posted by khunmoon
The people educated under Saddam recieved high quality training, so they should be wanted in any society. Cause don't forget it'll be those with higher education, higher income, higher social status, thatget the chance to escape. Not the rural shepard or poor marsh-arab.
Those people, who mostly worked as interpreters, had assurancies from the army to get asylium in Denmark after ended service. Only problem, the deal was unknown to the public as it was to most politicians
If it was not for the press who dug out the information about 2 killings last year as consequens working for them, I'm not sure Denmark would had stood by its word.
For less than £10 a day, hundreds of Iraqis are putting their lives on the line as interpreters for the British Army in Basra. Many have now fled, having received death threats.
They claim they're being systematically targeted and murdered. The militias, jostling for control of Basra, consider them traitors. At least two have been killed this month.
Unlike the American government, which has announced plans to resettle 7,000 particularly vulnerable Iraqi refugees, the British government has made no such commitment