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25 November 2017, Stockholm, Sweden: "Stop deporting people to a country that isn't safe", was the message as hundreds of people from all walks of life gathered at Medborgarplatsen in central Stockholm, to highlight Sweden's Refugee Day, and the way Swedish authorities keep persisting in deporting young people to Afghanistan. The event marked two years since November 2015, when Swedish government officials took a turn towards stricter policies for granting refugee status to asylum seekers, and so a range of civil society organizations, including faith-based organizations, now take a stand for more humane refugee policies. Fredrika Gårdfeldt from Katarina Parish, Church of Sweden, was one of the speakers. She emphasized the need for more humane processes, accompaniment of people through the asylum process, the need for housing to be offered to those newly arrived, and the way Church of Sweden work with the Stockholm Mosque and Islamic Relief in a project named "Goda grannar" ('Good neighbours'), which among other things, organizes language cafes for those in need of learning Swedish.
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