July 16, 2021 – 23:43
Sweden has announced that it has stopped all deportations to Afghanistan, due to the rapid deterioration of the situation in the war-torn country.
“The decision starts to be implemented immediately and will be in force until further notice,” said Carl Bexelius, head of legal affairs at the Swedish Migration Agency.
About 7,000 asylum seekers in Sweden are waiting to be deported.
The agency said it would suspend all planned deportations as the situation in Afghanistan deteriorated rapidly, “following moves by the Taliban, who have taken control of many parts of the country.”
In early July, Afghan officials called on European countries to halt the deportation of Afghan asylum seekers for at least three months.
Finland announced earlier this week that it would not deport anyone to Afghanistan.
Afghanistan is facing a new crisis, following the Taliban victory in many regions, and a new wave of family displacement.
The level of violence in this country has increased as international forces are withdrawing from this country after two decades.
US-led forces ousted the Taliban from power in October 2001.
The Taliban have been harboring Osama bin Laden and other al-Qaeda operatives since the September 11 attacks in the United States.
US President Joe Biden has said the US withdrawal is now reasonable, as US forces are assured that Afghanistan will no longer become a base for foreign jihadists to carry out plots against the West. / rel