Let the young Afghan asylum seekers stay!
Posted on december 29, 2017
Just before Christmas, I met a young boy from Afghanistan, Mustafa, and interviewed him. Mustafa is one of the 30.000 young asylum seekers who came to Sweden during the migrant wave in 2015.
Mustafa has since become a Christian, and as a convert faces serious threats if he returns to Afghanistan. In spite of these threats the Swedish authorities are now expelling young refugees travelling alone. On Monday 19th of December, a plane took off with some of them, and in this group there were several converts.
The conversion of these Christians is questioned by Swedish authorities. It is believed that they become Christians only to be able to stay in this country. However, the questions asked to the converts show a lack of understanding about Christian religion and what it is about.
In addition, Swedish authorities do not fully understand the kind of threats posed to converts in a mainly Muslim country.
Some Swedish politicians claim that it isn´t fair to make exceptions for one group only and asylum should be given on an individual basis. I can understand those arguments. However, I think that it is possible to make an exception for this group. They are very young, and most of them have been in Sweden already for some years without having their cases tested. Meanwhile, they have become young adults. If their cases had been tested at arrival, they would have had the right to asylum.
The risk of new groups of young asylum seekers arriving is minimal, as the border controls have been sharpened since 2015. For these young persons, it is a disaster to be sent back to the insecure life in Kabul. We have seen that many of them end up as homeless in the street.
So: please let these youngsters stay! It is the right thing to do.