Nadja: ‘We can’t close borders and restrict rights’

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Nadja: ‘We can’t close borders and restrict rights’

I recently started to be called an activist. Why now, when I have worked on these issues for over seven years as a lawyer?

I meet families with apathetic children, children who have been tube-fed for months and years without ever getting the opportunity to stay.

I meet fathers who have left their families behind and sought asylum in the hope of finding a place where they can stay, a country where they can reunite with their children.

In my utopia, people had not even had to flee their home countries. But in the world we live in today, with so many people on the run, we can’t close borders and restrict rights, as one country after another does.

We are in a state of emergency, and that affects not only those who are fleeing, but also us.

Sweden has made the refugee rules stricter in the past year. Now we are among the strictest in Europe when it comes to denying families the right to be reunited. At the same time, Sweden is bound by the European Convention, which guarantees everyone the right to family life.

As a lawyer, it is my duty to exhibit what is right or wrong. If people choose to call me an activist, then sure. I take it as a compliment.

 

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Last updated: 5 April 2017

Alexander Mahmoud