Foreign students may get to stay in Sweden
It may soon get easier for foreign students to stay in Sweden after graduating, reports Swedish Radio News. Residence permit rules may also soon relax.
A multi-partisan national inquiry into Sweden's current rules regulating migration, soon to be presented by several members of Parliament, suggests that students be able to stay in the country after graduation for half a year in order to be able to establish theimselves on the Swedish labor market.
Currently, some 40,000 foreign students study in Sweden each year, and only one percent of them remain in Sweden afterwards to work. At present, graduates must theoretically leave Sweden immediately after finishing studies.
Even if the rules are changed, however, the number of foreign students in Sweden will likely taper off as tuition fees for non-EU students are instituted this fall.
The Parliamentarians behind the migration inquiry are also suggesting that people with permament residence permits in Sweden be allowed to live abroad for five years, instead of the current allowance of one year, without losing their permit.