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The Swedish government and opposition Greens party agree on immigration policy

Sunday, 18 September 2011
Six out of ten environmentalists or Swedish Green party members would consider closer cooperation with the government, according to new opinion poll presented on Sunday.

At the same time it is revealed that the Green Party and the governing Alliance bloc agreed on the first steps of a common migration policy, writes the Swedish daily Dagen Nyheter.

Back in March this year as the opposition Green Party and the government first announced a framework agreement on future immigration policy collaboration.

Now the first step is clearly taken and will be submitted along with the autumn budget, writes Dagens Nyheter referring to discussions with Swedish migration minister Tobias Billstr�m and Maria F�rm, Green Party spokesperson on migration issues.

The agreement means that Somali families who were rejected as a result of a tight immigration policy will be allowed to reunite in Sweden with relatives and undocumented children should be allowed to attend school.

The whole thing is estimated to cost Skr850 million. Education Minister Jan Bj�rklund has previously promised school start for children of undocumented migrants from 2012, and according to Dagens Nyheter, a complete proposal to be presented by the March next year will make it a reality.

The agreement also means that the Green Party accepts the government's forced deportation of illegal including Iraqis.

“We are proud of the solution for the Somali families. And for that the agreement was reached without involving the influence of the Sweden Democrats. In other countries, xenophobic parties are rubbed off,” says Mary F�rm to Dagens Nyheter.

The announcement comes the same day that an opinion poll, published in Dagens Nyheter Debate, shows that six out of ten Green activities are ready to work more closely with the government.

The Green party’s cooperation with the ruling alliance parties are rooted in the new labour law introduced in 2008. Sweden needs future workforce and the law is a doorway for those who do not meet asylum law’s stringent requirements.
The Social Democrats dislike the law which looks like it leave labour migration to go out of control by a government agency that examines the need for labour. This can lead to wage dumping and exploitation of foreign workers.

Thousands of Somalis have had to remain in crowded refugee camps in East African famine since the rules for family immigration was tightened for those that have no recognized identity documents back in spring 2010.
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