Sweden will not revert to mass immigration

TMP – 03/05/2017

According to Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, Sweden will not go back to allowing mass immigration, after a failed asylum seeker launched a truck attack in Stockholm on 7 April that killed four people.

Speaking at the memorial service for the victims, the Prime Minister said: “Sweden will never go back to the [mass migration] we had in autumn 2015, never.”

“Everyone who has been denied a permit should return home. This makes me feel enormously frustrated. If you have been denied a visa you are supposed to leave the country.”

According to police sources, there are more than 3,000 migrants living unlawfully in Stockholm alone.

The truck attacker, Rakhmat Akilov, applied to the Swedish migration board for a residency permit in November 2014, but was turned down in June 2015. After his appeal was refused in December 2016 he was sought by police and immigration officials for deportation.

Since the attack, the Swedish government has proposed new stricter measures to ensure people who have been rejected residency leave the country. On 27 April, Justice Minister Morgan Johansson and Interior Minister Anders Ygeman presented new plans to target and identify those staying in the country illegally.

Police will nowcarry out workplace inspections to make sure illegal migrants are not being employed. The government also proposes to double the fine to act as as a major deterrent for employers who breach the rules by employing illegal migrants.