• Sweden edition
 

'Iran may be spying on exiles in Sweden': agency

Published: 07 Nov 2011 10:14 GMT+01:00
Updated: 07 Nov 2011 10:14 GMT+01:00

“They have both the ability and a strong interest in doing so,” Mikael Ribbenvik, legal expert at the Migration Board told news agency TT.

The Migration Board has now issued new guidelines on Iran, describing which groups are being persecuted and how the regime's surveillance of the opposition abroad should be considered when exiled Iranians' asylum claims are decided upon.

The new guidelines reflect the Migration Board's assessment, after liaising with Sweden's Security Services, Säpo, that the regime in Tehran puts “considerable resources” into mapping out the activities of those opposing the government, even if they became politically active outside of Iran.

"Things have deteriorated in Iran in recent years in the wake of the 2009 election. The regime has also shown a growing concern over witnessing several governments in the Middle East and Northern Africa fall,” said Ribbenvik.

The hard line shown by Iran has meant that more refugees have been granted asylum in Sweden.

However, the Migration Board has been under fire after refusing to grant asylum to an Iranian man in September, despite the fact that he has been openly politically active while in Sweden.

According to the court, his activity had been on too low a level and the court never considered whether his activities could be known to the Iranian government.

The new guidelines from the Migration Board will replace information issued as late as July, which were never considered in the case of the politically active Iranian asylum seeker.

According to the agency, the court instead based its decision on British intelligence on Iran from last year.

What the new guidelines on the one hand, and the court's decision on the other, will mean for asylum seekers from Iran, Ribbenvik wouldn't speculate.

“In many cases, the information we have about the country is crucial in these matters. However, it isn't possible to anticipate these cases in advance or say who will get to stay and who won't, or if there will be more allowed to stay or less,” he said.

Attempts by The Local to reach the Iranian embassy in Stockholm for comment on Monday were unsuccessful.

TT/The Local/rm (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

20:06 November 7, 2011 by Uncle
Oh, where is iraniboy, bashing that iranian government? Mmm, nowhere to be seen. How about Rickie? Where art thou?

Imagine the amount of whines and acts of self burning if it would be the big or the little Satan doing it.
22:36 November 7, 2011 by Just_Kidding
It is a tricky situation. I preferred if Swedish government kept its limited capacity to offer asylum only to active political participants in Iran, who have tried to put pressure on Iranian government while leaving in Iran, and only are seeking asylum due to a genuine threat against their lives. Protesting openly inside Sweden against government of Iran wouldn't have much affect on government of Iran and at the same time it would only make returning to Iran harder for the asylum seekers.

Maybe asylum seekers should be advised against protesting publicly until their case is decided upon. There is a large number of Iranians with more secure social status that can participate in these demonstrations.

Atheisit Iranian
23:01 November 7, 2011 by underskyofsweden
I know it's most often much tricky to find out which asylum seeker is the right one who should be protected and who is not to take care of but still there are many Iranians who are completely eligible for political protection but they have not enough documents and evidences to prove that! It sucks and it hurts...Many of these people if they get back to Iran, they can't live freely anymore and most probably they will be imprisoned and convicted!
00:13 November 8, 2011 by Uncle
Why do I hear hints to Swedish Bureaucracy fault and calls for changing the system of citizenship giving? They are not spied upon by the wind, ghosts, earthquakes and other strange things that no one has the power to stop!

They are spied upon by operatives of iranian islamic mullah regime. This regime had it's rampage all over the continental Europe, killing most prominent opposition members, while not considering shoot-outs in crowded restaurants below its status back in the 80's.

This regime should be pounded upon, blockaded and starved. Their operatives dragged to the light and tried. It should be shamed and all trade with this monster should be stopped...

Instead I read suggestions on how it is better to hide the opposition in bunkers until they get their citizenship, as if iranian islamic dictators are a non-stoppable nature disaster.

Oh, I forgot, they are muslim dictators and thereby are by definition not capable of being guilty or bloodthirsty. They could be good and wonderful OR supported by the evil west. In the former case, it is a glory of islam that inspires them to be fluffy and gentle, whereas in the latter case is the west that is guilty and shall be answerable. Sorry. My bad.
05:08 November 8, 2011 by N0DE
Of all the different nationalities, I think Iranians are worst. They hate Sweden even though they live here. Most of the criminals in Gothenburg and Malmo are Iranian descent. I know some asylum seekers from Iran who just manipulated facts and provided wrong information just to get nationality of Sweden.

Iranians themselves started this revolution and now acting as if some aliens forced them into dictatorship, why don't they go back to their own country and fight government by remaining inside , why do they want an easy money through Swedish social system. Bunch of shameless creatures they are
07:24 November 8, 2011 by Uncle
NODE

I am not sure about the criminal rates of iranians, since I think that they are way lower than those of less educated nations, but this sentence is spot ON:

"Iranians themselves started this revolution and now acting as if some aliens forced them into dictatorship"

Muslims strive towards islamic revolution, establishing sharia with all its wonderful bonuses and then run away from their own countries in millions, while having the nerve to blame the west in their misfortunes. THEN they are trying to implement sharia wherever they come, apparently forgetting what they ran away from . Circle of idiots.
07:39 November 8, 2011 by N0DE
@Uncle: Most of Goteborg immigrants are from Iran and I dare not say about crime rate in Goteborg! Half of rape cases in Sweden somehow hint on Iranian citizen involved in it.
08:10 November 8, 2011 by canuk
how the hell all of these irianians ended up here in sweden, on the other side of the world where the women are free from covering up their hair its like a virus or perhaps an infestation. This 'termporary citizenship' idea posed a few weeks ago should apply and be retroactive! send them back to the sand box, then we can see how happy they would be about committing crime here in this wondeful country!
08:21 November 8, 2011 by N0DE
@canuk! Spot on mate! Someone needs to send these Iranians back to Iran! They destroyed their own country when they brought revolution there now they are here to enjoy life on Swedish tax payers money
Today's headlines
New coalition
New coalition reveals 'compromise' budget
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and Green Party leader Åsa Romson. Photo: TT

New coalition reveals 'compromise' budget

UPDATED: Prime Minister Stefan Löfven's Social Democrat-led coalition has revealed its first budget proposal, listing plans to spend more than 20 billion kronor. READ  

Royal family
Swedish royal couple set wedding date
The couple pictured in the summer. Photo: TT

Swedish royal couple set wedding date

Sweden's Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist, who got engaged earlier this year, have announced they will marry next June. READ  

Analysis
Sweden Democrat threats 'just a show'
Sweden Democrat leader Jimmie Åkesson. Photo: TT

Sweden Democrat threats 'just a show'

There is talk that the nationalist Sweden Democrats could trigger a fresh election, by rejecting the new coalition's budget. But leading Political Scientist Li Bennich Björkman tells The Local that the party is just game-playing and should be focusing on getting its fatigued leader back. READ  

Lifestyle
What's On in Sweden: October 24th - 31st
Chocolate and liquorice are on the menu in Gothenburg this weekend. Photo: Shutterstock

What's On in Sweden: October 24th - 31st

A secret gig in Stockholm, a short film festival in Uppsala and a gastronomy event in Gothenburg have caught our eye this week. READ  

Science
Astronaut helps launch first student satellite
Christer Fuglesang on a previous space mission. Photo: TT

Astronaut helps launch first student satellite

Sweden's debut astronaut Christer Fuglesang is helping students at KTH Royal Institute of Technology to become the first in the country to make their own satellite and send it into space. READ  

Weather
Sweden braces for ten centimetres of snow
Kiruna, in far northern Sweden, has already been hit by snow this season. Photo: TT

Sweden braces for ten centimetres of snow

Sweden's weather agency has warned that up to ten centimetres of snow are on the way for Sweden. READ  

Business and Money
Global profit boost for Handelsbanken
Handelsbanken is Sweden's second largest bank. Photo: Bertil Eriksson/TT

Global profit boost for Handelsbanken

Sweden's second-largest bank, Handelsbanken, has reported a rise in third-quarter profits, boosted by higher income from its loan book as it continues its expansion overseas. READ  

Stockholm 'sub hunt'
Sweden pulls back 'submarine' search
Navy vessels remain in the archipelago. Photo: Lars Pehrson/TT

Sweden pulls back 'submarine' search

Sweden is pulling back part of the naval operation which has been searching for a suspected Russian submarine off the coast of Stockholm for nearly a week. READ  

Julian Assange
Assange prepares for court ruling in Sweden
Julian Assange at Ecuador's embassy in the UK. Photo: Anthony Devlin

Assange prepares for court ruling in Sweden

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says he is "confident" his asylum status will be resolved, as he awaits an imminent ruling on his case by a Swedish court. READ  

Opinion
'Why were we kept in the dark for years?'
The submarine hunt is now in it's sixth day. Photo: TT

'Why were we kept in the dark for years?'

Military expert Johanne Hildebrandt tells The Local that the biggest question in the Stockholm submarine hunt hasn't been answered yet - why don't we know more about the "other operations" from the last few years? READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Gallery
People-watching: October 22nd
Gallery
In Pictures: Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist
Lifestyle
Eight things to love about renting a Swedish apartment
National
Vasa ship cannon blasted in Sweden
National
Sub hunt: Day-by-day
Blog updates

21 October

Denna & den här (The Swedish Teacher) »

"?Denna? or ?den hr?? Swedish language students often ask question about different pronouns. One pronoun that especially..." READ »

 

19 October

Getting it (Blogweiser) »

"Follow Joel Sherwood on FB Few watch baseball in Sweden. This is excellent when your team loses..." READ »

 
 
 
National
Sub hunt: Stockholm islanders share their fears with The Local
Sponsored Article
The best options for oversea transfers
National
Get 20% off unique Swedish homeware
National
Dentist gives free care to Roma beggars
Business & Money
Get your own office in Gothenburg or Stockholm - free for a day
Gallery
Property of the week: Malmö
Gallery
PHOTOS: 'Foreign activity' in Swedish waters
Gallery
People-watching: October 19th
TT
Society
QUIZ: How good is your Swedish?
Lifestyle
What's on in Sweden: October 17th - 24th
Society
The nudity... and nine other things expat men notice in Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 15th
Gallery
Your views: Should outdoor smoking be banned in Sweden?
Business & Money
Sweden has 'large hole' in finances
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Finding a job in Stockholm
Society
Monster salmon caught in northern Sweden
Gallery
Property of the week: Lorensberg
National
Scandinavia's child bride
National
Ebola crisis: How is Sweden preparing?
Business & Money
How Sweden is becoming a cashless society
Gallery
Stockholm Burlesque Festival 2014
National
How a little red horse became a symbol for Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 12th
Business & Money
The hottest start-ups from southern Sweden
National
What's on in Sweden: October 10th - 17th
National
Stockholm is 'best' region for well-being
Gallery
People-watching: October 8th
National
Five facts to know about Patrick Modiano
Society
My Swedish Career: A French fashionista in Sweden
Society
Swede's anti-bully Facebook tale goes viral
Society
Have you seen Sweden's viral subway cancer campaign?
National
Isis: Swedes linked to Turkish prisoner swap
National
Should Swedes be banned from buying sex abroad?
Gallery
Fredrik Reinfeldt's leaving presents
National
Five Swedish TV shows you shouldn't miss
Gallery
A tool belt, a casserole, and a book. Fredrik Reinfeldt's parliament gifts
TT
Lifestyle
Top five winter festivals in Sweden
TT
National
Sami reindeer herders win mine reprieve
Gallery
Property of the Week: Gamla Enskede
Sponsored Article
How to catch the first lobster of the year
Politics
Ten new minister faces you should know
Team SCA
Sponsored Article
All-female SCA team takes off on Volvo Ocean Race
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

978
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se
If you want to drink, that’s your business.
If you want to stop, we can help.

Learn more about English-language Alcoholics Anonymous in Sweden. No dues. No fees. Confidentiality assured.
AA-EUROPE.ORG/SWEDEN