Migration Agency (left), Sameer Suhbat (right)
Sameer Suhbat received a deportation order for not taking enough holiday. Despite landmark court verdicts cancelling deportations, he is unsure as to whether he will be affected. Credit: Adam Wrafter/SvD/TT (left), Phelan Chatterjee/Sveriges Radio (right)

Non-EU workers await fates as court cancels deportations

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After several high-profile cases of non-EU migrant workers being deported from Sweden for minor administrative errors made by their employers, Sweden's highest migration court has delievered two verdicts that could put an end to such deportation orders.

The Migration Agency is currently assessing individual cases of non-EU citizens seeking to work in Sweden, but has said it will not reject a work permit extension over small administrative errors, as has happened in the past.

Sameer Suhbat, a 22-year-old mechanic from Iraq, was handed a deportation order after not taking enough holiday last year. He filed an appeal this summer and is now feeling more hopeful, but told Radio Sweden that he cannot shake off the feeling of uncertainty about his future.

"I'm actually feeling a lot of positive energy...but I'm still worried and stressed," Suhbat said, adding that he is unsure as to whether his particular case will be affected by the new rules.

The Migration Agency's press spokesperson Alexandra Elias told Radio Sweden that the Agency welcomes the verdicts from the Migration Court of Appeal, but she added that it is too early to say exactly how non-EU workers will be affected.

"What we need to do first is to analyse the judgments," Elias explained.

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