Sweden slams EU court for Iraqi asylum reviews

Sweden's immigration authority has criticized the European Court of Human Rights for being inefficient in handling complaints from Iraqi asylum-seekers.

In a statement Wednesday The Swedish Migration Board said the European court has a big backlog of complaints from Iraqi asylum seekers and doesn't give priority to urgent cases.

Refugees who are denied asylum in a European country can appeal the decision to the European Court of Human Rights. Sweden assesses asylum seekers from Iraq on an individual basis and more than 200 such cases are currently being reviewed by the European court.

On Tuesday, Sweden stopped the deportation of 40 Iraqi asylum seekers because it was unsure about the guidance from the European court.