Video: From Baghdad to Stockholm

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

Over the past decade, tens of thousands of Iraqis have fled their country to resettle in Sweden.

Iraqi-born Swedes are today one of the largest ethnic minority groups living in Sweden. In 2007, Swedish immigration authorities ruled there was no longer an armed conflict in Iraq and that it was therefore acceptable to send Iraqi citizens back to their country.

A number of Iraqi refugees were deported amid protests, criticism from human rights groups and concern expressed by the United Nations.

This film tells the story of Iraqi immigrants in Sweden, highlighting issues of integration, multiculturalism as well as an emerging right-wing backlash against immigration:

(Source: Al Jazeera)

One Response to Video: From Baghdad to Stockholm

  1. Cristiano Ronaldo April 17, 2013 at 7:34 am #

    As swedish national I am very proud of my country giving shelter to people who needed as most. In the city of Södertälje alone, it took more Iraqui refugees that the whole USA in one year.
    Nothing is perfect in Sweden however but we are willing to debate, discuss and act.
    Discrimination in some areas is a reality like it is in Germany, France and all over Europe. But this discrimination is not a hurdle for normal Iraquis to find a job, get education (free) and have a decent life.
    Many problmes have occurred due to faked iraquis diplomas which showed not work in reality. For this reason many iraqui diplomas are not accepted by Swedish authorities.
    Unfortunatedly, many Iraquis have returned to Iraq from Sweden and a vast majority is returning to Sweden. The harsh life or reality of todays Iraq has to improve a lot before you see the return of those refugees/emigrants.
    The majority of Iraquis refugees in the Gulf Emirates, Syria, Saudi or else in muslim neighbouring countries are nt better off and a majority of those are looking for better opportunities elsewhere.
    I have many friends among Iraquis and former Iraquis both christian arabs, kurds, shunni and shia iraquis. Unfortunatedly, among them I find the best and the worst of humankind.
    Therefore it is bad to simplify your values by “my perception of christian arabs, kurds, shia or sunni Iraquis”. It is far better to have an opinion about the individuals than the generic coward view of whole groups of people.