16-year old Selma Yohannes has been a refugee since she was 9 years old and she still needs refuge. She has established herself very well in Sweden and has a large network. In spite of this, the police have forcefully deported Selma to Catania, Italy.

The border police forcefully deported Selma Yohannes the 15th of November. The press secretary for the Bergslagen police, Tommy Lind, confirmed for P4 Värmland News that Selma was in detention. Her mobile phone was confiscated based on a risk for the safety of her self and for police personel. For the question about whether Selma would get to meet her lawyer, Tommy Lind replied that under the Legislation on Foreign Nationals, a legal representative is not required in this case.

We would like to inform that a legal representative shall always be appointed for children that are in detention if the child does not have legal guardians in the country (chapter 18, Utlänningslagen).

The Dublin agreement regulates which member state is responsible for reviewing a new application for asylum according to relevant criteria. But according to the agreement a member state can make exceptions from these criteria and decide to accept and try an application for asylum, something that Sweden could have done in Selmas case.

It is written in the agreement that the best of the child is a question of great importance for member states under all circumstances, and the minors own opinion should be taken into consideration depending on his or hers age and maturity. It is clear in Selmas case that her wishes have been ignored by the Swedish Migration Agency.

A number of individuals has started a crowdfunding campaign under the hashtag #bringSELMAhome in order to be able to hire a lawyer who can help bring Selma back home.

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Yrkes- och volontärnätverket #vistårinteut består av 11 000 professionella och volontärer som som på ett eller annat sätt möter, arbetar med och är engagerade i gruppen ensamkommande barn och unga. Vår Facebooksida följs av 75 000 personer. Vi är politiskt och religiöst obundna. 

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Sara Edvardson Ehrnborg +4673 – 396 94 18

#vistårinteut ser ensamkommande barn och unga som bärare av rättigheter enligt FNs deklaration om de mänskliga rättigheterna, FNs barnkonvention och Europeiska konventionen om skydd för de mänskliga rättigheterna.  

Vi kräver:

1. Att stat och kommuner omedelbart stoppar omflyttningarna av ensamkommande barn och unga som befinner sig i asylprocess, i suicidpreventivt syfte.

2. Att Migrationsverket fryser alla utvisningar för ensamkommande barn och unga omedelbart utifrån den rättsosäkerhet och brist på kunskap om barnperspektivet som råder på Migrationsverket.

3. Att våra politiker tar beslut om amnesti för alla ensamkommande barn och unga som varit i Sverige mer än ett år.

The network #vistårinteut, ”We can’t stand it”, contents 11 000 teachers, psychologists, social workers, lawyers, nurses, aid workers and volunteers. Our Facebookpage has 75 000 followers. We are not affiliated to any political party or religious group.

The movement #vistårinteut demands

1. That the Swedish Migration Agency immediately freezes all deportations of all unaccompanied minors and youth due to the legal uncertainty and lack of knowledge of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) which currently is predominant at the Swedish Migration Agency

2. That our politicians grant a refugee amnesty giving asylum to all children and youth who have been in Sweden for more than a year

3. That the state and local governments immediately stop the relocation within Sweden of thousands of unaccompanied minors and youth during their asylum process as a mean to prevent more suicides in Sweden by young refugees

We are not politically affiliated to any political party and we are not affiliated to any religious group.