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A number of European countries that accepted a large number of asylum seekers from Afghanistan are carrying out forced deportations to Afghanistan. This is shown by a brief report from the Swedish Contact Point of the EMN, the European Migration Network.
“The purpose of the report is to contribute facts and statistics to the current debate”, says Bernd Parusel, an expert at EMN Sweden.
In March, the Swedish Migration Agency had a record number of open cases based on family ties – about 74,000. The number has now gone down by 15,000.
“It is a hugely positive development that we have been able to break the trend, and that we now settle more cases than we receive. This means that we can deliver a response to many applicants and reference persons who, unfortunately, have often had to wait a long time for a decision”, says Janne Wallin, Director of Operations.
The Swedish Migration Agency's forecast has been adjusted somewhat regarding how many people will seek protection in Sweden. The background is the authority’s assessment that the restrictive migration policies in the EU will continue. Work with providing decisions to those who have been waiting for a long time continues and the plan is to decide on a minimum of 80,000 asylum cases this year.
“The asylum cases involving unaccompanied children are given the highest priority and for these we will be making decisions in all cases where we are able to before the end of the year,” says Veronika Lindstrand Kant, Deputy Director of Operations at the Swedish Migration Agency.