Another decision by the Swedish court that could set a troubling precedent: even though his identity is unknown, an Iraqi man – presumably, you never really can be sure with immigration agencies – was given Swedish citizenship by the Higher Migration Court in Sweden at the end of May. In the verdict (PDF) the court came to the conclusion that, because it was impossible for the defendant to go to Iraq to prove his identity:

WF [the defendant] has therefore done what can reasonably be expected of him to strengthen his identity. WF has been a resident in Sweden for almost ten years and has maintained himself.  These details of his identity, which speak for him, provide an exemption from the claim of reinforced identity. Even though the documents provided by WF are simple acts of nature and can not strengthen his identity, they give some support for the information provided about his identity. Furthermore, WF lives in Sweden with his wife and children, who are all Swedish citizens. The Migration Supreme Court considers on overall assessment, that WF has made his identity probable and that he, therefore, can be granted exemption from the requirement to prove his identity. WF complies with others Conditions in Section 11 of the Citizenship Act for granting Swedish citizenship. The appeal must, therefore, be upheld.”

Why would any government allow for citizenship to be handed out to essentially unknown persons? What is the need? And why has the danger of allowing the right to vote to what could be a war criminal, as easily as an innocent victim of war crimes, be so overlooked? Is Swedish citizenship worth so little it can be bestowed on John Does?

The precedent the Swedish court has now established might enable and even encourage thousands of fraudulent applications.