Migration Board ruling criticized for endangering kids
The Swedish Migration Board has come under fire for making a decision that some say could put one family's young children at risk.
The Migration Board's decision involves splitting up the parents and deporting them to separate countries. The mother is to be sent with her kids back to Uzbekistan. But she suffers from mental illness, and social services has said that she is dangerous and should not be left alone with her kids.
"Doctors testify in the dossier that the mother could be dangerous," says Martin Jönsson, one of Swedish Radio's journalists who broke the story, adding "that she gets so angry sometimes that she could even harm or kill her children."
The mother comes from Uzbekistan, while the father comes from Azerbaijan, and their two sons, aged two and four-years-old, were born here in Sweden. As for why the Board wants to send the children back with their mentally unstable mother, and not with their father, Jönsson says he has gotten no clear answer.
He says the family's lawyer is trying to get the decision overruled, but "the case is kind of closed," he says.
"If you're persecuted in your country and you really can't go there, then you get to stay in Sweden. The law is quite clear on that," says Jönsson. "But then we have all these other people whose lives and circumstances around them are 'special' and there is a small paragraph in the law for that – special circumstances. But getting to stay because of special circumstances, that's what's really strict and tough in Sweden. And this is how strict it can be i guess."