Iranian Christian Asylum-Seekers in Danger of Deportation From Sweden
Religion TodayReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2012 Apr 16
April 16, 2012
Despite efforts from human-rights activists following a decision by Sweden's immigration office to deport Iranian asylum-seekers, many Christians still face the possibility of being returned to their home country -- and experiencing danger upon their return, Mohabat News reports. One of the Christians in danger of deportation is Mohammad-Ali Hodaei, an Iranian citizen who converted to Christianity. "If it is Jesus' will for me to return to Iran, I'll submit to His will and He will protect me Himself," he said, but his activities -- such as posting daily evangelical messages on social media such as Facebook -- could cause great risk for his future if he is forced to leave Sweden. Another Christian convert facing deportation is Mohammad-Reza Hamedian Esfahani, who entered Sweden using a visa after he was fired from his job in Iran after becoming a Christian; he and his family would also face an unsafe situation if they returned to Iran. Asylum activists continue to call on the immigration office to protect the Iranian Christians and stop the process of deportation.