Applications of over half of the Afghan refugees seeking asylum in Sweden have had their application denied and are likely to be forced to leave the Nordic country.
Afghanistan’s ambassador to Sweden, Hamid Hami, has accepted that the Afghan government has signed agreements with that country and the European Union to return the refugees.
“When an asylum seeker receives a fourth negative answer, that person is not eligible to stay. So, it is not deportation, it is an obligation that he or she should leave the country. It is the decision of the court of the country, not the embassy,” Hami said.
TOLOnews journalist Abdulwali Aryan, reporting from Sweden, said most of the refugees are living miserable lives and a number of them pass days and nights on the streets.
Some Afghan refugees have demonstrated in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, over the possible deportation.
A number of Sweden citizens also joined the sit-in protest and pass the nights in the tents with the asylum seekers to urge their government not to deport the refugees.
Refugees also said the Afghan government is behind their deportation and refusal of their asylum applications.
“There are lots of problems. The Afghans’ problems are not being addressed, because our president has sold us out,” Massoud Azimi, a refugee said.
Within the protesters, families along with their children, also spend days and nights in the tents.
Some Sweden citizens meanwhile said the situation in Afghanistan is dangerous and urged their government not to deport the refugees.
“We have participated in the protest to put an end to the deportation of the refugees. We know that Afghanistan is insecure, but the department for refugees is acting strictly against Afghans,” Ailyana, a Sweden citizen said.
The refugees said they left their country due to challenges and risks that they were subjected to and have come to Sweden for a better future.
“If Afghan officials had not come here and not signed agreements, then why they deport us?” Nusratullah, a refugee said.
Since 2015 a few Afghan refugees killed themselves after their applications were rejected and 40 others have been deported to date.
According to the Afghanistan embassy in Sweden, more than 165,000 refugees have come Sweden since 2015, many of whom are from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.