Swedish government sends new migration bill to parliament

The Swedish government has submitted its plans to overhaul Sweden’s migration laws to parliament. If approved, the changes are set to come into force this summer.

Swedish government sends new migration bill to parliament
The Swedish government wants to change the country's migration laws. Photo: Marcus Ericsson/TT

The migration bill was supposed to have been put to parliament in early April, but was delayed by a few weeks. But on Thursday the government said it had submitted the proposal.

It will now be processed by a parliament committee consisting of members of all parties, which will state their opinion, and then it will be put to the chamber for a vote.

If approved, it is set to come into force on July 20th, 2021, and replace temporary legislation which was introduced in 2016 to bring down the unprecedented number of asylum requests at the time.

Asylum applications have dropped from around 163,000 in 2015 to 22,000 in 2019 and 13,000 last year, but the government has said it does not want the number of new arrivals to rise again. In 2014, 81,000 people sought asylum in Sweden, 54,000 in 2013 and 44,000 in 2012.

The bill makes, for example, residence permits for refugees time-limited as a rule of thumb rather than permanent. Since the temporary law was introduced temporary permits have been the norm in Sweden, but before that permanent permits were the default since 1984.

It also brings in exceptions from family maintenance requirements for Swedish and EU/EEA citizens who wish to bring their partner to Sweden, and makes it easier for people living in Sweden on temporary residence permits to have family members move to join them.

The Local explains the main proposed changes that affect foreigners HERE.

Member comments

  1. This is helpful. I’d be curious if any Local readers have any visibility into the dynamic around language requirements for permanent residency/citizenship. I’ve seen rumors that the language requirement for that part of the migration rules changes could be implemented as early as 2022 and as late as 2025. Does anyone have any visibility into when the language requirement would be put in place?

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