Police report huge backlog in deportation cases

Police in Sweden say they have a record number of cases of rejected asylum seekers who still remain in the country and are critical of the Swedish Migration Board.

Officers inside the police force contacted by Swedish Radio's investigative programme, Kaliber, say some of the expulsion cases given to them by the Swedish Migration Board are extremely difficult if not impossible to carry out due to missing identity and travel documents or countries who refuse to take them.

The police say they have 18 000 cases on their books.

For the past year and a half, police in Uppsala have been trying to deport Nabil Foad Ahmed to two countries without success.Today he sleeps on the floor with friends.

"It is no life," Nabil Foad Ahmed told Kaliber. Stefan Martingeno, head of the police deportation department in Uppsala says there are several like Nabil who the police cannot deport.

"They live in wait of a decision and hope that a decision can maybe result in a new assessment which they often do not receive," he told Kaliber.

Mikael Ribbenvik at the Swedish Migration Board denies that they do not carry out a thorough assessment when examining asylum cases.