Moderate Party proposes sweeping migration cuts
Sweden's main opposition party, the conservative Moderates, wants to save between SEK 8 and 12 billion per year by spending less on migration.
The party’s forthcoming shadow budget will set out proposals that include cutting spending on accommodation for migrants and bringing in medical tests to vet the age of young asylum seekers, party leader Anna Kinberg Batra and financial policy spokesperson Ulf Kristersson announced in an opinion piece published in newspaper Svenska Dagbladet on Tuesday.
The proposed savings would be made by 2020.
"With fewer people now seeking asylum, the Swedish Migration Agency should enter a new phase where less time is spent on, for instance, housing issues and more focus is placed on investigating cases and making decisions," Kinberg Batra and Kristersson wrote.
The party also wants to raise funds by increasing taxes on vehicles, unused land, and by introducing higher costs for VAT, while promising to cut tax for the lowest income earners. In addition, the Moderates want to abolish some government job schemes.
The centre-right Moderate Party will present its budget proposal to parliament next week.