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'I'm not asking to be Lady Diana, just to survive'

Published torsdag 3 december 2015 kl 13.38
"I don't know how to continue, I'm just surviving"
(3:01 min)
A woman, not the one mentioned in the story, walks alone in Sweden. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg / TT.
A woman, not the one mentioned in the story, walks alone in Sweden. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg / TT.

As Sweden expects to see more undocumented children born this year than in 2014, Swedish Radio News recently spoke with one undocumented mother-to-be about the hardship and uncertainty of living without papers.

Sophie, not her real name, was alone and eight months pregnant when she spoke with a reporter from Swedish Radio News. Tearfully, she described her situation as dire and hopeless.

"It's very stressful for me and my child to be in this situation," she said. "I'm not asking to live as Lady Diana, I'm asking just to survive."

Sophie claims she is threatened by family back home but the Swedish Migration Agency said she could be protected in her country. Sophie has decided though not to return, meaning her son would be undocumented once born in Sweden.

Sophie said her future in Sweden and that of her baby was unclear. Educated at a university, she has prided herself on doing the right thing and being self-reliant.

Now, she says, she needs help from others just to scrape by.

"I was at the psychologist today," she said. "People listen to you but no one gives me a choice. I don't need the psychologist; I need someone to give me a choice to continue my life here. If I have a choice I don't need to be stressed."

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