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Sweden Hampers Refugees & Asylum Seekers from Becoming Permanent Residents

Last month, a law approved by the Swedish parliament made residence permits for refugees primarily limited in duration rather than permanent.

Since 1984, the Swedish government has issued permanent residence permits to asylum seekers and refugees until 2016, when new changes were made to the law, reports.

According to the new rules proposed by the Green Social Democratic government in April, permissions will only be renewed if the permit conditions remain unchanged and are still valid. In addition, tests for Swedish and civic knowledge will also be offered to anyone wishing to extend their stay at a later time, in a separate process.

Sweden’s Minister of Justice and Immigration, Morgan Johansson, called the vote a “huge success” in June when the Swedish parliament initially passed it.

On the other hand, human rights groups have expressed concern about this rule.

“The consequences of the new immigration law will be that it will be more difficult for victims to focus on integrating, joining Swedish society and entering the labor market. At the same time, the Swedish Migration Agency will have to invest significant resources in reconsiderations,” Swedish Amnesty previously reported.

Legislative changes will also affect immigrants in Sweden with a work, student or family visa seeking permanent residence.

As the new rules suggest, newcomers must live at least three years in the country to be eligible for permanent residency. People who move to Sweden to join a family member will only get temporary permission to stay in the country.

People in this category must also demonstrate that they are able to support themselves financially by meeting the criteria of around €809 (8,287 kroner) per month for 2021. However, Swedish, European or Swiss citizens who wish to bring their partner or spouses to live with them are exempt. of this law.

Swedish academics have expressed concerns about the move, saying it will discourage non-EU/EAA researchers from coming to Sweden and applying for permanent residence due to their ineligibility.

In a recent report published by Henley Global, the residence and citizenship planning firm, travel will change after the pandemic because passports do not have the same strength as they did before the pandemic. For example, the US passport, which was among the top ten most powerful passports for travel, fell to 25, which means it equals freedom of travel in Mexico.

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