Sweden enacted a law tightening the rules for permanent immigration and announced temporary measures taken during the 2015 immigration crisis to restrict the admission of refugees.
The joint legal plan between the Social Democratic government and the Green Party should replace the provisional law that took effect in 2016. Due to the lack of consensus on the permanent law, it will be expanded in 2019.
According to the plan, refugees will receive a three-year residence permit, and if they meet certain requirements, such as knowledge of the Swedish language and sufficient income, they can become a permanent residence permit.
In terms of its population, Sweden is a European Union country. The country received the most refugees in 2015, with more than 160,000 refugees, many of whom were Syrians.
According to the Immigration Center, this country of 10.3 million people has provided asylum and family reunions for 400,000 people over the past ten years.
With the growth of the anti-immigration party, the Swedish Democratic Party, Sweden’s main political parties, including the Social Democratic Party in power, have shifted to stricter policies in the past five years, resulting in a reduction in the number of residence permits.
“With this plan, Sweden no longer attracts asylum seekers as it did in 2014 and 2015,” said Morgan Johansson, Minister of Immigration Affairs of the Social Democratic Party.
He defended a plan on Thursday, saying: “In the long run, it guarantees a sustainable regulatory framework and ensures that the principle of limited residence permits does not have a disproportionate impact.”
He said at the press conference: “These basic regulations are consistent with the regulations of most other EU countries.”
The new law will also be obliged to meet the needs of family members during the submission of family reunification applications introduced by the Temporary Family Law.
A year and a half before the parliamentary elections in September 2022, Jimmie Åkesson, the leader of the anti-immigration party, the Swedish Democratic Party (SD), criticized this provision, which benefits unaccompanied minors. Will be allowed to continue to receive education and be covered by: “Humanitarian protection”.
The current provisional law was extended in 2019 and will expire this summer. The new law will take effect in July after a vote in Parliament.