Ung i Sverige protest
Young in Sweden protested last night outside parliament. Credit: Staffan Axelsson/Sveriges Radio

Protestors not satisfied with young asylum deal

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On Monday the government proposed allowing some child asylum seekers to stay in Sweden to complete high school, but campaigners who have staged sit ins and hunger strikes say it does not go far enough.

According to the new proposal, children who arrived in Sweden alone before 24 November 2015 would be offered permits allowing them to complete their studies in Sweden.

They would then be given a chance to convert these into permanent residence permits upon finding a job.

"It's better than nothing, but not good enough," says Fatemeh Khavari, leader of Young in Sweden, a campaign group for young, unaccompanied asylum seekers. She was hoping that the bill would apply to more people, including those who arrived after 24 November 2015.

She adds that it is not clear who is going to be affected by the new proposal.

"What will happen to those who aren't covered by this proposal?" Khavari asks. "Afghanistan isn't safe for any of them. We want the government to bring forward a new, better proposal."



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