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Immigrant Family Reunions to Be More Difficult

Published fredag 11 april 2008 kl 09.59
Migration Minister Tobias Billström

Migration Minister Tobias Billström has reinforced his own claim that immigrant family reunions should only be allowed on Swedish soil if the concerning individuals have the possibility to supply themselves.

Billström claimed that Sweden is one of very few countries of the European Union which do not require the need of self-supply for new immigrants.

However, head of the Swedish Red Cross Bengt Westerberg disagrees with the minister’s statement. Speaking to Swedish Radio news, Westerberg called Billström’s position on the immigrant issue an effort to tighten immigration laws all over Europe.

Westerberg demanded the Swedish government do more in order to ease family reunions among immigrants and thus strengthen legal practice according to the Geneva Convention.

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