Syrian refugee surge tests Sweden's welcome

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Posted: Thursday, January 3, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 5:05 pm, Tue Mar 25, 2014.

MARSTA, Sweden (AP) - Wisam Attiki was drawn by the tales of Nordic refuge: All he had to do was set foot in Sweden, his fellow Syrians said, and the rich, peaceful nation would let him stay.

Still, the 37-year-old from Damascus was surprised at how little fuss there was when he arrived last week at Stockholm's Arlanda airport on a flight from Turkey. He said the Swedish border police showed sympathy when he confessed that his travel documents were fakes that he had bought for (EURO)9,000 ($12,000).

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