An Italian student in Stockholm is campaigning to save his boyfriend from being deported to Iran, after the 19-year-old's asylum application was rejected on the grounds that his account of his homosexuality and relationship was "unreliable".
Medhi, from Iran, applied from asylum on the grounds that he risks persecution in his home country due to his religion as a Christian and as a gay man. But the Migration Agency denied his application, saying in a statement seen by The Local that it did not find sufficient reason to believe he was at risk due to his religion or sexuality and calling into question his reliability.
One reason is that Medhi only applied for asylum ten months after arriving in Sweden, where he joined his sister, something the agency said called into question his "general trustworthiness". The Iranian told The Local that since his sister moved here for a Swedish partner, neither of them knew of the obligation to apply for asylum as soon as possible after arriving in the country, or the process for doing so.Read full article on The Local