By: Abdul Ghafoor
For some time Norway has been one of the leading deporting Scandinavian countries at the moment forcibly returning an average of 6 to 8 people every week in recent years. However this number has dramatically increased to 20 to 25 in a week in the past few months, including families.
Most worrying recent family deportations include woman without their husbands, or parents without all their children.
Murtaza and his family went to Norway in 2009 and their asylum was rejected in 2011. They also failed to get asylum after the appeal in the high court. However they did not give up and went to the court again. As a result the parents and under age children were granted asylum in 2014, but two of the elder sons who were over age were refused. Murtaza was deported alone back to Afghanistan 6 months ago to a city where he didn’t know anyone or didn’t have any network.
Now he is back in Greece and is trying to get back to his family.
Karim and Nabi were deported along with their mother even though the father wasn’t at home at the time of the police raid. It is many months since the mother and two children arrived in Kabul, but things are getting worse for them day by day. According to Afghan culture, the men take care of all the shopping and issues outside the home. But in this family’s case the mother has to do all the work outside and inside the home.
During a recent call, she was crying on the phone : ” the children are sick and the problems are increasing day by day. When I go to the shops man stare at me and wonder why I come to the shops and do not send a man for the shopping. There are hardly any woman seen in the bazaar here. If there are any they are with their Mahram (father, brother, husband or older son). They think badly about me. We are living in a bad situation here “.
However the Afghan authorities have now responded to the statement of the Norwegian Justice minister saying all the Afghan families and children with rejections to their asylum claims will be forcibly deported back to Afghanistan http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-oppose-with-explusion-of-asylum-seekers-from-norway-9908. The Afghan foreign ministry has now strongly opposed with the decisions and has urged Norway to stop deportation of families and children back to Afghanistan
According to a source close to the Norwegian Embassy in Kabul. they are having hard time with deporting Afghan families back to Afghanistan now. This means that if the Afghan foreign ministry insist on refusing to accept the families the Norwegian government wishes to return, it can offer great hope for dozens of families who are living in the Norwegian camps in limbo. However, we urge the Afghan foreign ministry and authorities to insist that the Norwegian government take back the families who have already been deported and who the Afghan government cannot protect.
( the names used above are not the original names )