Tax on exile Eritreans

Eritrean Embassy reported to the police

The Eritrean Embassy in Stockholm was today reported to the police for its collection of taxes from exiled Eriterans in the country. It is two Swedish-Eritreans in Uppsala that have decided to take the step, which has not been taken before, presumably out of fear, the news agency TT reports.

Many exiled Eritreans are accusing the Eritrean embassy in Sweden and other countries to collect the tax - based on 2% of their annual income here - with the help of threats and extortion - despite the fact that they already pay tax in the country that they now live.

In the report to the police, several examples of such reprisals are mentioned. For example, if a parent in Eritrea wants to visit his or her child in Sweden, they may be forced to pay the tax in order for the parent to be allowed to travel.

Exiled Eritreans who need to apply for a passport also have to pay the tax. Such a passport is often necessary when having cvontact with Swedish authorities. In Sweden, the tax is calculated from the official tax return from the Swedish Tax authorities, which has to be shown to staff at the embassy. For those who do not pay the tax, the debt increases year on year.

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