Beyond Afghanistan: The Struggle of the Refugees is a photojournalistic essay about the unaccompanied young refugees who came from Afghanistan and their struggle to create a life for themselves in Sweden.
For two-months in the late summer and autumn of 2017 there was a sit-down protest in Stockholm against the deportations from Sweden. Photojournalist Åke Ericson got to know many of those who took part and has since followed their fates through the asylum process.
Some were granted residence, while others who had their applications rejected are now in hiding or have fled to other places in Europe, so as to avoid the forced deportation to Kabul.
Åke Ericson followed the young Afghans in their everyday lives after receiving their deportation orders, on the train while fleeing to France and in the tent-camps under the bridges of Paris. He also met many who are locked-up in the Swedish Migration Agency’s detention centre, where they sit, often for many months, waiting to be deported to Afghanistan.
Their individual stories are an important part of the story of a society in change, when humanitarian principles were laid aside while Sweden carried out a dramatic tightening of its refugee policy.
Åke Ericson lives and works as a photographer in Stockholm. He has
previously created the award-winning photojournalism books Kosovo in
Progress (2011) and Non Grata (2018). Awards:
Picture of the year in USA 2008, NPPA in USA 2008, Photographer of the year in Sweden 2008, Best of photojournalism in USA 2008, Photo essay of the year in Sweden 2011, HM for the Best Photo book of the year in Picture of the year in USA 2011, Best Photo book of the year in IPA in USA 2018, Award for book of the year in POYi in USA 2019.