Lucrative business in fake work permits: Police
There is a growing trade in illegally obtained work permits sold to immigrants, according to the National Police Board.
In 2008 new rules made it easier for people from outside the EU to work in Sweden. But the new legislation also makes it easier for criminals who provide false documentation about non-existent jobs.
Swedish police told Radio Sweden that it can cost up to US$ 40,000 on the black market to get a work permit based on false information.
Sören Clerton at the National Board of Investigation tells Radio Sweden that faked work permits represent a “significant number” of the 15,000 permits granted annually. However there are no official figures available for the number of cases.
To combat the problem Swedish immigration authorities tightened their rules at the beginning of the year. Many employers now have to demonstrate that prospective employees are actually being paid over a two year period. Nina Johansson at the national Migration Board to says the change has made a difference.