Afghan nationals.
There are nearly 40,000 Afghans currently in the Swedish asylum system. Credit: Jonas Gratzer/TT

Situation in Afghanistan has got worse, Migration Agency says

Women, children and Hazaras more likely to receive permits
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The Migration Agency said on Thursday that the security situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated in the past two years and it would be taking that into account when assessing asylum applications.

So far this year around 700 Afghan nationals have been sent back after being rejected for asylum in Sweden.

“We see that the Taliban are now using more conventional methods of warfare, and the number of deaths has increased,” the Migration Agency's Director of Legal Affairs Fredrik Beijer said. “The risks have basically increased for those who are in Afghanistan.”

In October, Sweden signed an agreement with the Afghan government to send back its nationals who had asylum claims in Sweden rejected. However, that agreement was later rejected by the Afghan parliament.

This latest assessment by the Migration Agency means that Afghans who are currently in the asylum system – a number close to 40,000 – are more likely to receive temporary residence permits to stay in Sweden, particularly if they are women, children or part of the minority Hazara group.

Beijer said that even those who had previously been rejected would be allowed to re-apply.

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