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Sweden to Push Back Palestinian Family to Saudi Arabia

Published : 11-11-2019

Sweden to Push Back Palestinian Family to Saudi Arabia

The Swedish Migration Agency issued a decision to deport Palestinian refugee from Syria Manal Zaydan and her four children to Saudi Arabia, after they had sought asylum for four years in the European country.

Speaking with AlKompis news site, Manal said the family appealed for asylum in Sweden in 2015 after his husband overstayed his stay in Saudi Arabia.

Two years later, the Swedish Migration Agency turned down the family’s asylum applications. The family appealed the decision three times, but Swedish migration authorities insisted on the deportation.

Manal had tried to reach out to the Saudi Embassy to obtain a visa, but the latter rejected her appeal. Sometime later, Manel appealed to the migration court to reconsider her case, after she had submitted documents handed over to her by the Saudi embassy. However, the court rejected the documents due to “frail evidence.”

Manal was later told that she can submit other asylum applications by May 2022, in case the deportation decision would not be put into effect.

Manal and her four children have been facing tough conditions in Sweden, where they have been taking refuge in her sister’s apartment in Helsingborg. Her sister’s six-member family have also been at the same house.

“My two daughters, aged 19 and 21, could not have access to university or to job opportunities as they have not obtained legal Swedish documents”, said Manal. “I am a Palestinian and not a Saudi refugee. Thus, my deportation to Saudi Arabia makes no sense. If they want to deport me, it should be to my homeland Palestine. Should I remain homeless for the rest of my life?”

Short URL : http://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/9337

The Swedish Migration Agency issued a decision to deport Palestinian refugee from Syria Manal Zaydan and her four children to Saudi Arabia, after they had sought asylum for four years in the European country.

Speaking with AlKompis news site, Manal said the family appealed for asylum in Sweden in 2015 after his husband overstayed his stay in Saudi Arabia.

Two years later, the Swedish Migration Agency turned down the family’s asylum applications. The family appealed the decision three times, but Swedish migration authorities insisted on the deportation.

Manal had tried to reach out to the Saudi Embassy to obtain a visa, but the latter rejected her appeal. Sometime later, Manel appealed to the migration court to reconsider her case, after she had submitted documents handed over to her by the Saudi embassy. However, the court rejected the documents due to “frail evidence.”

Manal was later told that she can submit other asylum applications by May 2022, in case the deportation decision would not be put into effect.

Manal and her four children have been facing tough conditions in Sweden, where they have been taking refuge in her sister’s apartment in Helsingborg. Her sister’s six-member family have also been at the same house.

“My two daughters, aged 19 and 21, could not have access to university or to job opportunities as they have not obtained legal Swedish documents”, said Manal. “I am a Palestinian and not a Saudi refugee. Thus, my deportation to Saudi Arabia makes no sense. If they want to deport me, it should be to my homeland Palestine. Should I remain homeless for the rest of my life?”

Short URL : http://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/9337