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Refused asylum seekers lose benefits from today

Publicerat onsdag 1 juni 2016 kl 11.08
Migration Agency Manager: I don't think there will be any evictions today.
(1:07 min)
4,500 asylum seekers may be affected. Photo: Drago Prvulovic/TT
4,500 asylum seekers may be affected. Photo: Drago Prvulovic/TT

As of today, thousands of asylum seekers who have been denied residence in Sweden will no longer be entitled to asylum housing or a daily allowance.

There are as many as 4,500 refused asylum seekers who may be affected, and 1,500 of those currently live in asylum accommodation.

Migrationsverket, the Swedish Migration Agency , expects that some of the refused asylum seekers will leave voluntarily after being denied, and others will not.

For individuals that refuse to move out of asylum accommodation, Migrationsverket will ask the Enforcement Authority to evict them and the police can be involved, if necessary.

Sverker Spaak, a manager at the Migration Agency, says that enforcing this rule will take time and the effects will not be felt immediately.

“I do not think there will be any evictions today, but they will come later. We also need a few days to make these decisions, there are quite a lot of decisions, and there is nothing we will be able to do on the first working day,” Spaak told Radio Sweden.

The new rule only affects adults who do not live with children under 18 years of age.

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