The Swedish government’s classification of Eritrea as a dangerous foreign country means it will almost never send asylum seekers back – even if they’ve committed murder in their new home.
Sweden is presently reeling from a bloody double murder in the nations largest IKEA store, an apparently unprovoked random attack by what is reported to be a pair of Eritrean migrants against an Ethnic Swede mother and son out shopping. Far removed from the usual violent hotspots in the south of the country where mass immigration and concomitant crime wave have made cities like Malmö unrecognisable, the IKEA murders strike at the heart of something familiar, comfortable, and uniquely Swedish.
The Swedish Free Press now reports that because of government policy on the repatriation, and assessment of asylum cases if convicted of murder the two men under arrest will most likely never be asked to return to Eritrea. Migration Board spokesman Fredrik Bengtsson told the paper: “As we see the situation in Eritrea right now, it would most likely be very difficult to enforce a deportation order”.
He said a special case could not be made even in the case of high profile murderers, as in the opinion of the board Eritrea remains too dangerous, and it would be against the immigrants human rights to send them home after completing a jail sentence.
The Free Press explains this situation stems from a 2013 decision on the state of Eritrea, which meant even if asylum applicants had no grounds for protection they still wouldn’t be repatriated. This has led to a “sharp increase” in Eritrean asylum seekers making a direct passage to Syria over the past few years, it is reported.
Even the loss of liberty associated with a spell in prison for double murder must seem quite appealing to Eritrean asylum seekers. Swedish prisons are considered among the most luxurious in the world.
Eritrea became independent of neighbouring Ethiopia in 1993 after years of bloody civil war, but apart from border skirmishes and suspected involvement with the ongoing Somalian civil war it has been in a state of relative peace since. Sweden considers the country to be a dictatorship, and lists among the reasons why it accepts Eritrean refugees unquestioningly is the fact that citizens there can be “forcibly recruited into the armed forces”. By way of contrast, Sweden on abolished peacetime conscription in 2010.
Follow Oliver Lane on Twitter: Follow @Oliver_Lane or e-mail to: email@example.com