Amnesty International accused Sweden on Thursday of obstructing family reunifications of Syrian refugees through undue bureaucratic hurdles.
A lawyer for Amnesty, Madelaine Seidlitz, told Sverige Radio that for a refugee with residence rights may have to wait as long as two years for an interview. “We see this as a way of Sweden trying to reduce the number of persons who come to Sweden on family reunification grounds,” said Seidlitz.
Although Swedish law specifies that refugees that have been granted asylum are entitled to family reunification, family members must first be interviewed. That can only take place in countries where Syrians can travel without a visa, outside Sweden.
That includes Sudan, besides Lebanon. The embassy in Sudan has booked 2,500 interview applications, which could take two years to clear