Government proposes amendments to asylum seekers’ right to assistance
The right to assistance will cease to apply for people whose refusal-of-entry or expulsion order has become final and non-appealable. This is what the Government is proposing in a Bill to the Riksdag (Swedish Parliament). The proposal does not apply to families with children and is part of the agreement reached by the Government and the centre-right parties in October 2015.
As a result of several serious conflicts around the world, the number of asylum seekers coming to Sweden was record-high in 2015. In the EU, Sweden is one of the countries that have taken in most asylum seekers per capita in recent times. This means enormous challenges for the Swedish asylum system.
Against this background, the Government, the Moderate Party, the Centre Party, the Liberal Party and the Christian Democrats agreed in October 2015 on necessary measures to ensure capacity in Sweden's reception of asylum seekers and to strengthen the introduction of new arrivals. One such measure was to make changes aimed at creating space for more asylum seekers at accommodation centres.
The Government is therefore now proposing that, as a rule, the right to assistance will cease to apply for adults not living with a child when that person's refusal-of-entry or expulsion order has become final and non-appealable, or shortly afterwards. This means that both the daily allowance and the right to asylum accommodation will cease. Under the current rules, the right to assistance normally ceases only after the person leaves the country, even if there is a refusal-of-entry or expulsion order that has become final and non-appealable.
It is proposed that the legislative amendments enter into force on 1 June 2016.