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Coming alone to Sweden

Teenager Amir homeless after asylum application was rejected

Published tisdag 29 november 2016 kl 07.00
Amir: I walk all night
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Amir often spends the night walking until dawn.
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Amir often spends the night walking until dawn. Credit: Babak Parham / Sveriges Radio
Amir slept outdoors for three weeks before he found an ad-hoc solution indoors.
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Amir slept outdoors for three weeks before he found an ad-hoc solution indoors. Credit: Babak Parham / Sveriges Radio

Amir came to Sweden as an unaccompanied minor. When his asylum application was rejected a third time, he became homeless. But going back to Afghanistan is not an option, he says.

When Amir's asylum application was rejected for the third time, he lost the right to accommodation and the few kronor of daily allowance that asylum seekers get while they wait to find out if they are allowed to stay in Sweden or not. He ended up staying outdoors, in the woods.

"I walk every night until dawn, thinking about my mum and my younger sisters. What will happen to them?"

Amir was born in Iran and grew up in a poor Afghan family on the outskirts of Tehran. But he has never owned an Iranian ID. Instead, he is to be extradited to Afghanistan, a country he does not even know.

I cannot go to Afghanistan. If they send me to Afghanistan I'll die, and I'd rather die here," he says.

(Amir is not his real name.)

This story is part of a series about the everyday lives of unaccompanied minors in Sweden, young people who have come here without their parents.

Our journalism is based on credibility and impartiality. Swedish Radio is independent and not affiliated to any political, religious, financial, public or private interests.
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