Many immigration lawyers don't get paid on time

Many of Sweden's lawyers specialising in immigration, refugee and asylum issues have to wait over a year to get paid by the Migration Agency, news agency TT reports.

Apart from not getting paid on time, a number of lawyers have also had to cover expenses for interpreters and wait to get reimbursed.

"This could mean that fewer lawyers accept these kinds of cases, which in turn would be very bad for the people seeking asylum here," says Bengt Ivarsson, President of the Swedish Bar Association.

A few lawyers claim that they have even been forced to overdraw their line of credit and apply for short-term funding with their banks in order for their businesses to survive.

"It's a huge problem. You can't run a company without capital," says Sait Umdi, who is the chair of an organisation that works with immigration and asylum law.