SVT Nyheter Skåne's review of those sentenced to deportation to Syria since 2016 shows that only just over one in four people actually left the country.

When SVT meets one of them, "Mohammed", he has been living in uncertainty for almost three years. He is studying, but without the right to receive benefits from CSN or work, as he does not have a residence permit.

"They might say to me tomorrow 'you're going to be deported'. But I'm still here, I have to think that I'm going to work on myself while I'm still here, study and live like everyone else," he says.

"I came here when I was little"

He has been sentenced to deportation to Syria for, among other things, robbery. After serving his prison sentence, he did not want to cooperate with the border police to have the deportation carried out.

"I said no because I was scared. I don't have anything to go to, I came here when I was 10, I have my whole family here," he says.

He stayed after his prison sentence due to the closed borders during the pandemic and the fact that the Swedish Migration Agency gave him a short temporary residence permit.

But now the authority has made a different assessment and believes that he can indeed be deported to Syria because he is covered by the exemption to do military service.

Will apply for asylum again

Mohammed says that he doesn't know how his case is going, that he lives in some kind of vacuum.

"The officer at the border police has told me that these years will pass. The sentence itself will not be enforceable.

Since his deportation order expires next year, he waits out that time in order to be able to apply for asylum again.

Why don't you take your punishment and go to Syria?

"I've been in prison for just over a year, but then I've lived with mental torture for several years.