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Afghan deportees not informed of new asylum guidelines

Published onsdag 14 december 2016 kl 10.30
Migration Agency
The Migration Agency's detention centre in Märsta, near Stockholm. Credit: MAJA SUSLIN / TT

Eleven failed asylum seekers were deported from Sweden to Afghanistan on Monday without having been informed of the Migration Agency's new, more generous guidelines for Afghan nationals.

Last week the Migration Agency revised its assessment of the situation in Afghanistan, saying that the security situation in the country had deteriorated in the past two years. This would make it easier for Afghan nationals to receive temporary residence permits to stay in Sweden.

Even those who have already had their asylum applications rejected are allowed to apply again under the new circumstances. But on Monday night 11 Afghan nationals were deported without having been informed of the new guidelines.

"When it comes to new circumstances, we don't generally inform everyone who has sought asylum and been rejected," said Tommy Harnesk, head of the Migration Agency's detention centre in Märsta.

Eight of the 11 deportees filed claims for impediments to enforcement of their deportation orders, but were rejected within two hours. 

When asked if it would not have reasonable to have informed the 11 deportees of the new circumstances given they would have greatly impacted their opportunities to remain in Sweden, Harnesk replied:

"No, we are supposed to treat everyone the same way, meaning we treat those in detention the exact same way as everyone else."

Harnesk said, however, that had any of the deportees asked, the staff would have informed them of the new situation.

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