A protest currently unfolding in central Stockholm highlights several concerning implications of the presence of Afghan “unaccompanied minors” in Sweden, that have flooded the country in recent years.
On Sunday the 6th of August 2017, around 100 Afghan asylum seekers initiated a sit-in on the Mynttorget public square in Stockholm, Sweden, a stone’s throw from the Royal Palace and, importantly, Parliament House, the seat of the Swedish Parliament. In an open letter to the Director General of the Swedish Migration Agency, Mikael Ribbenvik, protestors demanded the immediate halt of deportations to Afghanistan, arguing that deportations of “young people” to that country are “inhumane”. They pointed to the fact that the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs currently advises against all travel to the conflict-ridden nation.
The protest has been extensively covered by Swedish as well as international press. At the time of writing, the sit-in is entering its eighth day, with spokesperson Fatemah Khavari of Ung i Sverige (Young in Sweden) vowing that it will carry on until deportations are halted. Due to safety concerns, protestors have been moved to the nearby Medborgarplatsen square, following clashes with nationalists from Nordisk Ungdom (Nordic Youth).
The protest has highlighted several interesting aspects of the presence of Afghan “unaccompanied minors” in Sweden, of which 23,000 arrived in 2015 alone…