Swedish Migration Board

Mother of slain immigrant denied entry visa

The mother of a young Afghan who was the victim of a suspected honor killing here last year has been denied a visa to enter Sweden for his funeral because of fears that she will seek permanent residence. 

A group representing the woman says the mother asked to come to Sweden to be at his funeral as well as at the trial of his suspected murderers—the groups calls the refusal inhumane and shocking. The Swedish Migration Board confirms that the mother and three of her children were denied visas, saying that they had failed to show they had the means to leave Sweden once they had entered.

The young man, a 20-year-old student, was found stabbed to death last November in the home of another Afghan family in southern Sweden.  He was reportedly secretly engaged to the 16-year-old daughter living in the house.  Her family allegedly wanted her to marry a cousin living in Denmark.  While police speculate that the young man was killed because the girl’s family did not think he was good enough, the 17-year-old brother who took responsibility for the killing, says it was the result of an argument. 

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