UNHCR concerned over the deportation of Iraqis from Sweden.

Sweden is set to deport 25 Iraqis back to Baghdad on Wednesday, a move the UN Refugee agency says may amount to a breach of the Refugee Convention.

Iraqi assylum seekers

Iraqi assylum seekers

UNHCR says those to be returned were asylum seekers who warrant protection under International Law as they belong to religious and ethnic groups targeted by violence in Iraq.

UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming says the agency was concerned over the persistent disregard of its advice on the return of Iraqi asylum seekers by European Union member states.

“We believe that the recent deterioration in the situation of minorities in Iraq has not been adequately taken into account. UNHCR has frequently appealed to states to ensure that asylum applicants originating from Iraq’s central governorates of Baghdad, Diyala, Ninewa and Salah-al-Din, as well as from Kirkuk province, benefit from international protection in the form of refugee status under the 1951 Convention or another form of protection depending on the circumstances of the case. We understand that many of those being returned on Wednesday come from these areas.”

UNHCR says 413 Iraqis were forcibly returned to Iraq from the European Union during 2010. This year 51 Iraqis have so far been deported.

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