New agreement on migration politics
The centre-right government Alliance parties have struck a deal with the Green Party on migration policies, including new rules on healthcare for undocumented refugees.
The new agreement was presented by Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt together with the leaders of all three government parties and Maria Wetterstrand, spokeswoman for the Green Party, at a press conference on Thursday morning.
“The agreement is historical and will build the foundation for a humane, legally sound and organised migration politics,” Reinfeldt said.
The deal will also help put an end to xenophobic forces within parliament, he added.
Undocumented refugees have previously not had access to the healthcare, or educational systems. The negotiations between the government and the Greens on how to improve the situation for these refugees, started in early February.
“The reason for this is that we believe there is a need for Green influence, and because we have seen in other countries how this politics had moved in the wrong direction,” Wetterstrand told reporters.
“One of the most important issues for us has been to provide healthcare for undocumented refugees. We are very happy that the government parties have agreed with us on that issue.”