Asy­lum-seekers are sent back

Los Angeles Times - - The World -

Sev­eral dozen Iraqis who failed to gain asy­lum in Europe re­turned to Iraq de­spite con­cerns the coun­try is still too dan­ger­ous, the U.N. refugee agency said.

Af­ter the plane car­ry­ing a batch of de­por­tees landed at Baghdad’s air­port, 10 of the pas­sen­gers re­fused to dis­em­bark and had to be es­corted off the air­craft by po­lice, an air­port of­fi­cial said. The re­turnees did not re­sist the se­cu­rity per­son­nel who boarded the plane, but told them they were not re­turn­ing to Iraq vol­un­tar­ily.

The plane ar­rived from Stock­holm with 27 Iraqi de­por­tees from Swe­den, nine from Nor­way, four from the Nether­lands and an un­known num­ber from Bri­tain, a U.N. spokes­woman said.

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