Tuesday, April 15, 2014
People Power: Refugee facing deportation from Sweden saved by fellow passengers refusing to let plane leave
The Indpendent reports on an interesting refugee story from Sweden. A man facing deportation from Sweden has been granted a temporary reprieve after fellow passengers aboard his flight to Iran prevented it from taking off by refusing to fasten their seat belts. A Kurd fearing persecution in his home country of Iran, Ghader Ghalamere fled the country years ago and now has two young children with his wife Fatemeh, a Swedish resident. As a result he qualifies for a residence permit himself – yet because of a quirk in immigration laws he is required to apply for it from outside Sweden. On Thursday, Mr Ghalamere was put on a flight at Östersund bound for Stockholm – and ultimately Iran itself. Gathering in the departure lounge, he and a group of supporters spoke to other passengers preparing to board the flight and explained the situation. Clearly moved, once on board the plane the other passengers refused to fasten their seat belts – a protest that prevented the pilots from being able to begin take off.