Sweden, Population 10.2 Million, Offers Asylum to China’s over 10 Million Uyhgur Muslims
The Swedish government will be opening the doors to China's persecuted Uyghur Muslims and allow them to claim asylum in the country.
The decision was made this week by the Swedish Migration Board to ease up the regulations for Uyghur Muslims claiming asylum in Sweden saying that they, along with other persecuted Muslims, would be welcome, Swedish broadcaster Sveriges Radio reports.
Carl Bexelius, Deputy Legal Chief at the Migration Board, expanded on the reasons for the move saying, "What we have seen is that it is rather far-reaching state repression, where one can seize and detain persons without actual criminal charges. You are placed in what is described as retraining camp. This happens arbitrarily."
The move could have real consequences for Sweden, a country of 10.2 million people by 2018 estimates, due to the fact that the Uyghur population in China is estimated to be up to 11 million people, according to Chinese state statistics.