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Migration Board decision

Syrians cannot bring family to Sweden

Published onsdag 8 augusti 2012 kl 15.45
"If you want to change the policy, you have to go to the Migration Courts"
(3:54 min)
The image shows Syrian women who fled their homes yesterday and are now staying in a school. Photo: Khalil Hamra/Scanpix

Syrians who have been granted a temporary permit to reside in Sweden may not bring over family members wishing to escape the conflict in Syria, according to a decision taken by the Swedish Migration Board Wednesday.

Syrians in Sweden on short-term visas will not be allowed to have their family members join them here, the Migration Board announced. This decision reflects the current rules, and the Board has decided not to make an exception for Syrians.

"This has been the rule since 1999, so this is not a new issue. What is new is a European directive that says temporary residency permits must be for at least three years. Before we had one-year visas," Mikael Ribbenvik, head of legal affairs at the Swedish Migration Board, told Swedish Radio News.

The Migration Board revisited the question to see whether the rule should be changed, given that the temporary visas are two years longer than before. But the answer is no.

"We do not see any reason to change that," Ribbenvik said.

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