STOCKHOLM – The immigration authorities in Sweden are exploring the option of introducing legislation under which asylum seekers and migrants could be deported for lack of displaying an adequate lifestyle.
Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson’s government is trying to introduce stricter eligibility criteria for asylum, changes in refugee admission, or a focus on controlling undocumented migration and is reviewing Swedish legislation to potentially revoke residence permits based on “shortcomings in lifestyles.”
Under the proposals being discussed, the government might go after those who are engaged in bad behavior and habits, or choices that the government may deem inconsistent with Swedish societal norms or values.
Revealing the details of what could be an improper lifestyle making one eligible for deportation, Paulina Brandberg, Minister for Gender Equality, highlighted examples of lifestyle shortcomings, including benefits fraud, debt, a dishonest livelihood, substance abuse, as well as association with criminal networks or violent and extremist groups threatening basic Swedish values.
The government would now review Swedish laws to ascertain if there were specific grounds for revoking residence permits.
“If there is something other than these democratic values you wish for, or even actively work against what Sweden stands for, then it is simply not here you should live,” Brandberg was quoted as saying by France 24.
Meanwhile, Ludvig Aspling, migration spokesman for the Sweden Democrats, said that a basic principle of Swedish immigration law is that only Swedish citizens have an unconditional right to reside in the country.
The review would be headed by former judge Robert Schott and a report in this regard is expected by mid-January 2025.
Despite the announcement of the review of legislation, Sveriges Radio, Justice Minister Gunnar Strommer also announced a probe looking at increasing powers on revoking citizenship, a move seen exactly opposite to the review.
Sweden, a Nordic country in Northern Europe, boasts a rich cultural heritage, stunning landscapes, and a high standard of living. With a population of around 10 million, it embodies a society known for its egalitarian values and progressive policies.