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No Free Health Care For Undocumented Migrants

Published onsdag 21 maj 2008 kl 12.17
Migration Minister, Tobias Billström

The Swedish parliament has voted through a controversial new law which means that undocumented migrants have no right to free health care in Sweden.

The new law is a confirmation of current praxis, which gives bona fide asylum seekers the right to emergency care, but not those who have had their applications turned down and are underground. The UN has previously been critical of Swedish policy, saying it breaks international law, and doctors have also protested against the rules, saying it is inhumane to turn away seriously ill patients just because they don’t have the right paperwork. But migration minister Tobias Billström says the undocumented migrants shouldn’t be in Sweden in the first place and should go back to their home countries for medical care. He adds that they can get care in Sweden, but that they have to pay for it.

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