Sweden: Asylum agreement to reunite thousands

Sweden: Asylum agreement to reunite thousands

via the Local:

Thousands of fragmented Somali families may be reunited in Sweden as early as July 2012 following the first step forward in the development of a common migration policy between the government and the Green Party (MP).

Reunification has been hampered since spring 2010 when Sweden tightened its family immigration law, taking stringent measures toward those that did not have recognized identity documents.

Thousands of Somalis have thus been stranded in crowded refugee camps in east Africa during the current famine.

Changes in the law mean that about 4,000 Somalis, many children, will be permitted into Sweden though it is not certain if all will receive a residence permit.