Afghan Asylum-Seekers to be Sent Back

Asylum seekers can now be sent back to Afghanistan after a precedent-setting decision by the Swedish Migration Board’s Director of Legal Affairs, Henrik Winman.

The case centers around a man from Kabul who came to Sweden alone and had his asylum application denied more than two years ago. At the time Sweden did not enforce deportations to Afghanistan and the man, along with  400 other Afghans, was given a temporary one-year residence permit.

This was under the temporary law in effect between the 15th of November 2005 and the 31st of March 2006.

When the man re-applied for a residence permit, citing the Taliban and other reasons which made his return impossible, the Swedish Migration Board took another look at his case and decided that Kabul is relatively stable now and the man must return to his wife and family there.