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More Afghans want to return home

Published måndag 28 mars 2016 kl 11.01
"It wasn't worth it"
(1:21 min)
Temporary housing in a suburb of Stockholm for refugees, once their applications have been accepted. File photo: Fredrik Sandberg
Temporary housing in a suburb of Stockholm for refugees, once their applications have been accepted. File photo: Fredrik Sandberg Credit: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

The number of refugees who are attempting to return to Afghanistan has increased dramatically in the last few months.

In the first three months of the year 294 people withdrew their asylum applications, reports Swedish Radio News, more than double the number for all of 2015.

"Every day at least 20 people come to the Embassy to apply to return. Some days it's even 30," said Hamid Hami, from the Embassy of Afghanistan in Sweden.

Azizullah Ahmadi, an 18-year-old who came to Sweden six months ago, said he wants to return to his family and life.

"I'm here at the embassy today because I want to return to Afghanistan," he said. "it was easier in Afghanistan. I don't feel at home here in Sweden."

The Swedish Migration Agency believes many want to return because their expectations of a better life in Europe did not materialize. Refugees face long wait-times for asylum decisions and uncertainty about housing and whether they will be allowed to stay.

Mohammad Anwari, who decided to return to Afghanistan after only five months in Sweden, told Swedish Radio News that the trip was not worth it.

"The expectations I had, the dangers I faced on the journey, and the money I spent. Ultimately, it wasn't worth it," he said.

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