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Vahid without accommodation - often sleeps on the street: "It's cold"


Pending reply from the Migration Board, Vahid has slept outdoors in Töreboda for a total of three months in the past year. He is one of many unaccompanied young people who stand outside the community's safety net, without the right to neither housing nor financial compensation.

Vahid Shirzad came to Sweden from Afghanistan five years ago and is 19 years old today. He came too late to Sweden to have the opportunity to apply for asylum according to the Higher Education Act and has instead received three deportation decisions.

- I arrived a week late. It's not good, I wonder why they did so, he says.

When the third deportation decision came into force, he lost the right to housing and support according to the LMA, the Unaccompanied Asylum Reception Act, and had to leave the country.

But when new information about his situation came in he sent them to the Migration Board for a new examination. That was in March last year and he was then granted legal right to stay in Sweden, but still did not have the right to housing or financial compensation.

Forced to sleep outdoors

During periods Vahid has been able to sleep with friends, but for a total of three months in the past year he has been forced to sleep at Töreboda bus station.

- It's cold and windy. I can't sleep on the street, he says.

Vahid's situation is not unique according to the Red Cross, which now sounds the alarm that more and more unaccompanied people are living in homelessness.

- The group that is not covered by the high school law is most at risk. They are often forced into sexual exploitation and crime, says Johann Knigge, national head of the Red Cross.

No help from social services

The Swedish Migration Board says that they follow the regulations that exist and the social services in Töreboda mean that they cannot help him either.

- We can't help a youth like him. We must follow the laws that exist. The Swedish Migration Board must take responsibility, here is a glitch, says Per-Ola Anrling Hedberg, acting social director in Töreboda municipality.

Source: svt

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