What’s going on?
After seeing a woman stoned to death, Iranian actress Aideen Strandsson fled her native country as a refugee to Sweden. But her nightmare is far from over.
Strandsson, who describes becoming a Christian after having a dream about Jesus, is being denied the permit that she needs to work legally in Sweden even though the Swedish government is renowned for its generosity toward refugees. Her appeal for asylum in Sweden as a Christian refugee has been denied, and the case has been turned over to Swedish border police.
As a public figure under fire for leaving the Muslim faith, Strandsson faces unique dangers if she is deported and returns to Iran. She would likely be jailed and risk rape and torture in an Iranian prison.
Does Strandsson have another option?
After international outcry over the deportation threat, the Hungarian government announced that Strandsson would be welcome to find help as a refugee in Hungary. Strandsson still hopes to stay in Sweden since she has family there.
The U.N. and Sweden both have policies saying that people seeking asylum and facing imminent danger cannot be deported back to their countries. And yet the “tolerant” Swedish government can’t help Strandsson?
Glenn couldn’t understand why Sweden had a program to help former jihadists turned refugees who had starred in propaganda videos, yet wants to deny protection to an Iranian Christian facing persecution.