The man, who currently resides in Halmstad on the Swedish west coast, arrived in the country in 2007. In Iraq, he drove tanks for the American military. After receiving death threats, and after a relative who had worked with him was killed, the man chose to flee his home country.
The Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket) didn’t deem the man’s story to be believable, but the decision was overturned by Swedish courts.
The court was of the opinion that there was sufficient proof that Iraqis who worked for the US military are at risk of serious attacks, and therefore approved the man’s petition for asylum.