Migrants in Sweden whose asylum applications were denied and now face deportation have found a shelter from the storm of police who are searching for them – select churches, with religious leaders who are willing to cross into political territory and hide them from legal processing.
As the Express reported, roughly 12,000 migrants have fallen from radar after receiving a negative response to their asylum requests. And police are on the prowl, seeing to process them for deportation.
But, the newspaper said, citing SVT, there’s a glitch:
“Astonishingly, the churches are helping the in-hiding migrants with food and medicine. …
“[A] deacon in Linköping, Anna Ramén, said she estimated that 500 to 1000 failed asylum-seekers have gone under ground in her area alone.
“She said: ‘Many people who live this way are living under a lot of pressure and stress, they don’t know what will happen.
“‘The help we can offer is not enough [because] there are so many.'”
She also said that she was only helping the migrants hide from authorities, not avoid deportation. But how is that possible?
As the Express continued:
“It is illegal for any foreigner to remain in the country after having an application from asylum denied.
“However, Ms. Ramén added that laws and regulations should be there to help people.
“She said: ‘We have laws and regulations that [are in place] to help people, but sometimes these laws and regulations also topple people.
“‘That people lose their human dignity is not consistent with our Christian faith.'”
But the church actions, which already violate law, aren’t really consistent with Swedish will, either.
The Express continues:
“The revelation comes as a poll revealed the famously liberal Swedes have turned against migrants after being pushed to breaking point in the struggle to cope with the ‘totally unprecedented’ influx of refugees.
“The study claimed the previously welcoming country has now reached its tolerance limit following months of migrant violence, sexual assaults and the death of asylum worker Alexandra Mezher in January this year.
“In 2015 alone Sweden, with a population of 9.5 million, received over 160,000 asylum applications and the country is expected to take as many as 190,000 refugees, or two per cent of the population, before the end of 2016.”