Sweden’s new center-right government is moving to change current immigration laws to change permanent residency permits issued to migrants to temporary permits instead, according to local sources.
The agreement was signed by the Moderate party and the Christian Democrats and Liberals. The non-government group Swedish Democrats also approved the measure, which vowed to appeal “the institution of permanent residence permits.” The permanent permits would be replaced with conditional passes and temporary permits.
The Tidö Agreement outlines the immigration policy changes, which include a requirement for “proposals to remove the system of permanent residence permits to be presented by 2024 at the latest.” In addition to the agreement, the government also committed to considering the withdrawal of several residence permits for cases that no longer “meet the requirements for the permit.”
The General Director of Sweden’s Migration Agency, Mikael Ribbenvik, told broadcaster SVT that, “an investigation will look into under what circumstances existing permanent residence permits could be turned into temporary residence permits,” stating that this is the first time that Sweden has ever tried to change permits after they are issued. Previously, once permits were made permanent, there were no further checks to confirm the holder’s eligibility.
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Regarding the 300,000 migrants in Sweden who currently hold permanent residence permits and the looming government changes, Ribbenvik said, “It says that they want to investigate whether they can convert permanent residence permits into temporary ones, so I would be worried about that.”
Sweden’s new Migration Minister, Maria Malmer Stenergard, said of any migrants that want to stay in the country permanently, “You should not be here forever on a permanent residence permit. A clear path to citizenship is needed.”
Sweden is not the only country reviewing and changing its immigration policies. The UK is looking to end housing migrants in luxury hotels as it has caused a rise in migrants “asylum shopping” and crossing the Channel in small, undetectable boats, leading to an immigration crisis in recent months.