The World of Refugees

unhcr.org

The latest annual report from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees makes for interesting reading.

While in the past there were large refugee flows to the industrialized countries from Afghanistan and Iraq, these have declined dramatically in recent years.

The number of asylum seekers from Afghanistan has declined by 83 % since 2001 and the number from Iraq by 80 % since 2002. Something good seems to have happened in these countries…

For the second year in a row, the largest number of asylum seekers are now coming from Russia. One has to assume that this to a large extent is connected with the conflict in Chechnya, but the statistics isn’t so differentiated that it actually says so.

The second largest number of asylum seekers are coming from Serbia-Montenegro. I would consider it more than likely that this to a large extent consist of people from the minority communities in Kosovo in view of the insecurity they are feeling there.

Although we are thus in one of the periods when the number of asylum seekers is declining – it was a 19 % drop for the EU countries – we have no right to be complacent, and should instead see the figures on where these people are coming from as an indication on where we need to concentrate our efforts to seek resolution to different conflicts.

3 Responses to The World of Refugees

  1. Blogbluddle skriver:

    Stable Swedish figures of the last decades indicate that there is reason to believe that very few asylum seekers are refugees from conflicts. They are rather seeking a faster way to prosperity, are welcomed here, get no jobs and have a good lifetime on Swedish taxpayers money.

    That may apply to Balkan, Middle East and African guests as well. Predominating left political castes applaud this contribution to destablising the society and again have become a threat to Europe and the very idea of EU

  2. Jakob skriver:

    The demographic development in Sweden and elsewhere in Europe is alarming. Without a substantial increase in birthrates, which is highly unlikely, the development and current state of the welfare system is unsustainable. Therefore we should welcome all immigrants coming to Europe and Sweden with new energy and new ideas. The fact that the integration policy of the Swedish government is a clear case of failure is a different question.

    (A little bit of destabilization might be a good way to give new life to the slumbering Swedish geist.)

  3. Anonymous skriver:

    Yes, that’s our politicans’ point of view, to let people in, but not the peoples’ opinion.

    In Sjobo the Swedish people had an opposite view (67%) back in 1988, and that figure is what polls indicate today.

    Without democracy and referendums when political decisions aren’t representative on this issue, there will most likely be a civil war, either for democracy or for Islam when our guests think the time is right.

    That’s unfortunately the way our politicians want it, and they deserve it.

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