Resettle refugees

Published October 1, 2009

Sweden’s minister for migration and asylum policy has urged European Union countries to make greater efforts to resettle refugees from outside Europe.

“The overwhelming majority of the refugees in the world find themselves in places far away from the EU,”  said minister Tobias Billstrom in a speech to continental church leaders.

About 100,000 refugees are resettled each year to the United States, Canada and Australia, but currently only eight of the EU’s 27 countries carry out resettlement on a regular basis, resettling around 4.000 refugees annually.


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