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Seeking Refuge In Sweden - 02 July 2014 - Sort by:
Seeking Refuge In Sweden - 02 July 2014
Reuters photographer Cathal McNaughton spent time at an asylum center on the outskirts of Stockholm, where he took portraits of people he met and asked them where they had fled, why they left, and how they had reached Sweden. He photographed the migrants hiding their faces, partly to protect their identity because of safety concerns, and partly to focus the viewer's attention on their stories, rather than their looks. Some 15 percent of Sweden's population is foreign born, the highest level in the Nordic region. Asylum seekers in particular are drawn by Sweden's robust economy and tradition of...
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Davlat, 19, from Tajikistan covers his face to hide his identity as he poses for a photograph in a church yard in central Stockholm June 8, 2014. Davlat was smuggled from his home via Russia four years ago where he was put on a boat to Sweden. His family feared he would be taken as a slave by a local money lender who threatened to kidnap him because his parents could not repay a debt. His parents have not been seen since and he fears they have been murdered. He lived in a small refugee camp outside Stockholm and currently works illegally in the hotel and construction industries to make money. When asked if he would like to return home he said "There is nothing left for me there, my family are dead. I haven't got a home anymore." REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
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Monther B, 47, a lawyer from Syria, covers his face... more
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Oamayma A, 42, a French language teacher from Syria,... more
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Collins, 23, from Nigeria covers his face to hide his... more
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Syrian migrant Assaf, 44, who was head of security... more
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Ahmed M, 47, an assistant engineer from Syria, covers... more
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Lutfullah, 27, from Afghanistan, covers his face to... more
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Mebrahtu, a 37-year-old soldier from Eritrea, covers... more
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Ghassan M K, 39, from Damascus, shows his back to hide... more
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