Asylum restrictions to be softened

The government is softening its tough proposals for restricting asylum and immigration, Swedish Radio News has learnt.

A press conference will be held at 3pm Swedish time where full details will be presented by Migration Minister Morgan Johansson.

So far Swedish Radio News has revealed that some of the proposed rules affecting to under-18 asylum seekers will be changed.

One controversial point in the proposal was the plan to first give refugees a temporary right to stay in Sweden, and then make it permanent if the refugees got a job. The Red Cross said this would cause many young people to leave school in order to find work as soon as possible, instead of gaining an education.

According to Swedish Radio News' sources there are two other details that will be changed, regarding refugees' right to bring over their families and children's right to have permanent leave to stay.

Before a new Swedish law is proposed it is sent out on consultation. The government plan to drastically restrict asylum and immigration was roundly criticized by all those consulted, including the Swedish Red Cross and labour unions representing academics.

Some of the criticism against the proposal has claimed the new law would not even be legally sound. The Council on Legislation, which makes sure parliamentary bills abide by the law, will also give its proposals at the upcoming press conference.

A source tells news agency TT that the changes to be announced will be of a lesser character.

The Social Democrat-Green led government has moved ahead with these new restrictions with the aim of reducing the number of people coming to Sweden, after announcing in November 2015 that the number of asylum seekers coming to Sweden was too high.