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Report on migration policy submitted
The Cross-party Committee of Inquiry on Migration has submitted its report (SOU 2020:54) entitled En långsiktigt hållbar migrationspolitik (‘Sustainable migration policy for the long term’) to Minister for Justice and Migration Morgan Johansson.
The Committee was chaired by President of the Administrative Court of Appeal Thomas Rolén. All of the parties represented in the Riksdag were represented on the Committee.
The Committee’s remit was to consider the shape of future Swedish migration policy, with a view to establishing a system that is sustainable in the long term after the Act Temporarily Restricting the Possibility to Obtain Residence Permits in Sweden expires on 19 July 2021.
The report concludes that:
- People in need of protection should, as a general rule, be granted temporary residence permits at the time of the initial decision.
- Permanent residence permits should only be granted after three years at the earliest and if certain requirements are met, e.g. that the applicant can support themselves and has Swedish-language skills.
- There should be an option – as previously – to grant residence permits in cases with exceptionally distressing circumstances.
- A maintenance requirement should, as a general rule, apply in cases of family member immigration.
- Safe and legal channels to apply for asylum are needed, and the resettlement system is significant in this respect.
- There is a good level of legal certainty in the Swedish migration process.