Illustrative photo of a pro-Palestinian demonstration in Stockholm, Sweden, on January 20, 2009. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)
Palestinian refugees continue to rally outside of the Swedish parliament in Stockholm, protesting the rejection of their applications for asylum by the Swedish migration authorities.
Activists said local authorities have been treating refugees’ demands on a political basis, rather than a humanitarian or legal basis. They added that most demands are rejected without taking into consideration the humanitarian conditions of the refugees.
The refugees have urged the Swedish government to grant them their right to psycho-physical protection and humanitarian asylum in line with human rights and refugee conventions.
Though the Swedish authorities consider occupied Palestine as an unsafe place, with poor education and health services, they have been denying Palestinian refugees humanitarian asylum.
Over recent years, hundreds of Palestinian refugees have been denied asylum in Sweden and received immediate deportation orders. Several refugees, including elderly refugees and persons with special needs, have been staying in the country for over 10 years. Dozens of children have also been born in the country.