Somali refugee demands Swedish citizenship - to go on holiday to Somalia
Mohamed Husein came to Sweden from Somalia in 2009, along with his wife who claimed she was attacked by terrorists in their homeland.
Mohamed is now unhappy that he can not fill in an application for Swedish citizenship yet. He is eager to be able to travel back to the country he claims to have fled, where his life supposedly is in danger - to visit his mother and establish business contacts.
- I can not travel outside the EU and I can not visit my mother in Somalia, says Mohamed.
He explains that with a Swedish citizenship, he would be able to develop an export and import company.
Somalis have to wait three years longer than other refugees before they can apply for Swedish citizenship.
First in two years he can be apply for Swedish citizenship at the Migration Board. Refugees with legit ID papers can apply after five years.
Now Mohamed and other Somalis demand a legislative amendment.
- We are just over 50,000 Somalis in Sweden.
- Everyone should have the same rights, he says.
To most readers the obvious obvious question should be - why should Mohamed be given Swedish citizenship in two years if he believes that he can travel back to Somalia now?
And Mohamed is not unique. Approximately 9 out of 10 who are granted asylum in Sweden do not meet the conventional criteria to be classified as refugees.
Many regularly travel back to the country they claim to have fled.
Last year about 1000 Somalis were stranded in Mogadishu, after their tour operator, Fly Olympic, suddenly went bankrupt when they were on holiday in Somalia, from Sweden.