Sweden 'Starves Out' Christian Asylum Seeker From Iran, While Letting Former ISIS Fighters Get Jobs
A Christian refugee from Iran seeking asylum in Sweden has not only been denied her request, but forced out of her job, while former fighters with the Islamic State (ISIS) have been granted that asylum. Christian asylum seekers in Sweden reported 512 religiously motivated acts of violence against them, mostly at the hands of Muslim migrants.
Aideen Strandsson, who starred in film and television in Iran, became a Christian after seeing a video of Muslims stoning a woman to death and after having a dream about Jesus. She came to Sweden in 2014 on a work visa and received a public baptism, and has received threats from Muslims due to her conversion.
Last November, the Swedish telecommunications company Ericsson offered her a job as a computer programmer, but she was not allowed to take the job because she remains an illegal resident in the eyes of Sweden's government.
"They decided i should go home and live without job," Strandsson wrote on Facebook. "This injustice [sic] but I never give up because I have jesus in my heart and I have prayers of the people of the world in my life. They can take my job, my money, my home. But not my faith."
Strandsson has trained in taekwondo, earning a black belt, but the migration board took her certificate because she is not a legal resident.
"The idea is to starve you so you tell them to send you out," Swedish attorney Gabriel Donner, who represented 160 Christian asylum seekers last year alone, told CBN News's Dale Hurd. Donner reported that Strandsson and other Christian asylum seekers in Sweden have faced deportation while the Swedish government has given 150 protected identities to former ISIS fighters who returned to Sweden to find jobs.
"There have been fast lanes for Syrians and Somalians, but not for Iranians and definitely not for Christians," Donner told CBN News. "We have one judge here in Stockholm who has never said yes to any Christian."
By staying in Sweden with her family, Strandsson risks deportation. Donner said it remains unclear if or when that would happen. "When it comes to the border police, Sweden's backlog is growing and growing and growing," he told CBN News. "Right now it's about two years and growing. This is contrary to European Union law but no one cares."
The lawyer said that if authorities got to Strandsson's case, they would first send her to prison while arranging her flight to Iran. "This is real prison conditions. They're not allowed to speak on the telephone. They're not allowed to be on a computer, not allowed to get in touch with anybody, they wear prison clothes," Donner said, suggesting if the Christian asylum seeker was apprehended, no one would learn about it.