Fredrik Bengtsson. Photo: Isabelle Eriksson/Sveriges Radio.
Fredrik Bengtsson. Photo: Isabelle Eriksson/Sveriges Radio.

Asylum rejected: sent back to Afghanistan

"No reason why they should send me back"
1:46 min

Sweden is generally considered to have a generous asylum policy but there are still those whose applications are denied, and this week several were sent back to Afghanistan.

This week a plane flew from Stockholm to Kabul in Afghanistan, carrying several people whose asylum claims had been rejected.

Fredrik Bengtsson is head of press relations at the Migration Board.

"We are aware that the situation in Afghanistan is very difficult in certain areas and this is why most Afghans that apply for asylum in Sweden get it. But not everyone has the right to stay," Bengtsson told Radio Sweden.

One of those deported was Mirveis Rahimi. His partner has got asylum in Sweden and they have just had a daughter. But, he still has to return to Afghanistan and apply for asylum from there.

"The ambassador got me a passport. I told that to the staff here but they said there was nothing they could do. They said I haven't applied for asylum for my daughter and she isn't registered; but today she is registered and we have applied for asylum at the Migration Board. I can't think of any reason why they would send me back to my home country," Rahimi said.

Several of those deported on the plane were people who were under 18 when they came to Sweden. And the fact that they were not granted asylum in Sweden is not strange, says Fredrik Bengtsson at the Migration Board.

"It's a major misunderstanding that just being a child will give you a residence permit. It is about whether someone needs protection. That is what the decision is about," Bengtsson said.

But for another asylum seeker, Vali Ahmed, things ended a differently. He was scheduled for deportation with the rest but at the last minute a decision came from the Migration Board that his case is going to be reconsidered. He did not have to board the plane.

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