During the first six months of 2015 the Swedish Migration Bureau discovered 41 war criminals and terrorists attempting to seek asylum in Sweden but there are probably many more, because Sweden is one of the only countries in Europe that doesn’t require that immigrants identify themselves when seeking asylum.
So far this year 41 asylum seekers suspected of war- or terror crimes have been discovered by the Migration Bureau, compared to 20 during last year, according to Ekot.
”It’s an important question for society at large to intercept these cases but it’s also an important question so that the asylum system shall remain reliable and work as intended”, says Magnus Bengtsson, who helps personell identify individuals who attempt to hide their real identities.
But the cases aren’t easy to discover, according to Magnus Bengtsson.
”You have to remember that these people often come with stories, not much documentation, sometimes none at all”, – he says to Ekot
The reason for this is that Sweden does not require immigrants to show valid identification. Subsequently only 1/10 choose to identify themselves during the asylum process.
Therefore it is easy for an IS-terrorist to be granted permanent residence and a new identity in Sweden.
In the few cases when the Migration Bureau, together with the Swedish Security Service, can confirm that a terrorist or war criminal has sought asylum, the person does not get deported, instead he gets a temporary visa.