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Shambolic immigration policy! or why

are Immigrants stuck in overcrowded accommodation in Sweden?

Sunday, 27 November 2011
This looks normal in some other countries but in Sweden, a country where the highest service expectation are required from all sectors, questions being asked are about the operations of the immigration system. Not the first time though, but this comes after various government policies tailored at quickly integrating immigrants don't seem to be bearing fruits.

The Swedish Immigration Service’s accommodations are overcrowded. The reform that supposed to quickly get immigrants out into the job market is now aid to be having the opposite effect. It should be noted that immigrants here according to the Swedish definition has not differentiated asylum seekers and others. But this report related to asylum seekers.

Reports hold that the Swedish Immigration Service has not had as many residents in their facilities since the great wave of asylum seekers after the Yugoslavia war. Now more and more new arrivals are being put in hotels and holiday villages.

The basic idea of the new establishment, the reform was that immigrants who have residence permits would directly be piloted from the Immigration Service facility residents to a municipality where there are opportunities to find work. Now there has been a stopper in the system. It takes too long to find an area where there are both housing and the opportunity to get a job.

This is not working. Coordination is not working. The good idea was that according to the recently established reform it was that immigrants would quickly get started. Now the effect is the opposite, according to Caroline Henjered, operations manager at the Swedish immigration board, speaking t the Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter.

When the reform was introduced on 1 January 2010, there were 1080 persons with residence permits but still enrolled at the Migration Board in anticipation of moving into permanent housing, often in another municipality.

Today the figure has tripled. 2440 persons with residence permits still living in the Migration Board's facilities and another 452 have private accommodations under the auspices on the migration board municipalities.

“The most serious is that those who received a residence permit are trapped in temporary accommodation in a place that they will then move away. So it was not intended,” said Caroline Henjered.

Before the reform, the average time was about 50 days, according to the Migration Board. Now it takes 77 days before the new arrival may move on to the correct municipality.
“In one month, that figure would have risen to 107 days. Pass rate has slowed,” says Caroline Henjered.

The local government association, Local Authorities and Regions (SKL) sees new problems. On Monday the Minister of Integration, Erik Ullenhag received a letter from the association's board. This the SKL highlighted that the costs of immigrant’s arrival to the municipalities have increased by Skr30 million. Anyone who received a residence permit is entitled to Swedish language courses. When the new arrivals are now stuck in arrival municipalities, they are forced to arrange such education for them.
By Scancomark.se Team

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