Moderates propose 8 year wait to re-seek asylum
The conservative Moderate Party wants to make failed asylum applicants wait twice as long before they can have their case reheard, in order to cut down on the number of people going underground after their asylum request is rejected.
The opposition party proposed changing the wait period from four to eight years before an applicant can reapply for asylum.
Moderate labor market spokesperson Elisabeth Svantesson told Swedish Radio News that 22,000 people who failed to receive asylum have gone into hiding in Sweden, with the thought of reapplying after the 4 year ban is over.
Johan Forssell, a Moderate member of Parliament and the party's spokesman on migration issues, tells Radio Sweden increasing the wait time would discourage such a practice.
"We believe it's very important not to create incentives for people who don't have reasons for asylum to stay in the country," Forssell says. "It's very important that the law is crystal clear here."
The Swedish Migration Agency has no figures on how common it is for people to remain in Sweden after their first application for asylum is refused.
So far, the Moderates are alone in proposing this measure. Only the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats want to go further, saying that those refused asylum should not be allowed to try again later.