Reckoning in Sweden’s Immigration Policy

Stockholm (Photo by Ian Insch / Flickr.com)

The Swedish government intends to reduce non-European immigrant social benefits to deter immigration to Sweden.

To compete for jobs in Sweden’s highly skilled labor market, immigrants from non-EU nations will now need to learn Swedish, according to reforms that the coalition government of Sweden is planning to implement.

Sweden is Facing the Consequences of its Actions

The leaders of the far-right Sweden Democrats (SD) and the three-party coalition have stated that Sweden has “significant problems” with foreign-born individuals who are unemployed and receiving benefits, even though the specifics of the changes are still being worked out.

They stated that over the past ten years, more than 770,000 people have immigrated to Sweden from nations outside the European Union and the European Economic Area (EEA) in an opinion piece published in the newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

Together with an integration policy that has made almost no demands (on immigrants) and provided no incentive to integrate into society, immigration has created a divided Sweden,” they said.

Sweden’s Gang Violence Linked to Irresponsible Migration Policy

To help stop an increase in gang killings, the prime minister of Sweden has summoned the head of the military in September. Chief of the armed forces Micael Byden then said he was ready to support police work.

Police have connected drug use, a growing wealth gap, and poor immigrant integration to the violence.

According to a 2021 official government report, four out of every million people in Sweden die from gun-related causes annually, while the average number is 1.6.

There is No Shortage on Restriction Proposals

Just over a year ago, Jimmie Akesson’s populist and anti-immigration Sweden Democrats provided support for center-right Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson’s minority government in Sweden. It has implemented several reforms since last September with the goal of lowering the number of undocumented immigrants entering Sweden and removing those who are denied asylum.

Proposals to increase the requirements for citizenship, identify migrants through DNA analysis, restrict the number of residence permits granted for humanitarian reasons, tighten the requirements for family reunion visas, and eliminate the opportunity to apply for a work visa after an asylum application is denied are just a few of the changes.

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