Sweden’s NATO Bid Rattles Kurdish Diaspora

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STOCKHOLM—Sweden has long been a haven for refugees and dissidents, from Iranians fleeing the Islamic revolution to Chileans escaping dictatorship, helping the country’s reputation as a peacemaker on the world stage.

But now this open-door policy is complicating Sweden’s bid to join NATO after Russia invaded Ukraine, with Turkey blocking Stockholm’s plans over its contacts with Kurdish groups hoping to carve out a homeland straddling the borders of Turkey and Syria.