Yama and Aisha: ‘We got the decision that we couldn’t stay’

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Yama and Aisha: ‘We got the decision that we couldn’t stay’

I will tell you about her. I saw her in a bank and tried to sign with my hands for her to call me.

She didn’t call.

I saw her again, but I couldn’t speak to her.

I saw her a third time, and wrote my number on a note that I threw to the ground.

A few days later she called. We talked and talked and talked. She was hiding. She wasn’t supposed to speak to me because she was promised to someone else.

But she did. She is brave. Because we loved each other. So we fled our country.

She was happy then, and we had fun together for some time. We had children. And then we got the decision that we couldn’t stay in Sweden.

Since then she has felt worse each day. Some days she doesn’t have the energy to be with the children at all.


Go to Sweden and migration to get the bigger picture and the historical perspective.


NO to asylum

Of the 112,000 asylum decisions made in 2016, 40% were spelled NO; 60% YES.

The Swedish Migration Agency bases its asylum decisions on knowledge of the situation in the applicant’s home country and other circumstances needed to make such decisions. One important source for country of origin information is Lifos, a Migration Agency database that includes judicial considerations.

Last updated: 5 April 2017

Alexander Mahmoud


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