Foto: Fredrik Persson/ TT.
File photo: Fredrik Persson/ TT.

Sweden Democrats want to collect information about prisoners' parents

The anti-immigration Sweden Democrat party stands behind a motion that its MP Kent Ekeroth is putting forward to register information about prisoners who have foreign backgrounds, reports Svenska Dagbladet newspaper.

Ekeroth wants the law to change so that the Swedish Prison and Probation Service would register whether Swedish citizens in prison have a parent, or parents, who were born outside of Sweden.

According to Martin Kinnun, who is in charge of press for the party, this motion does not diverge from the party line. He told the paper, "All these years, we have criticized the fact that it's impossible in Sweden - unlike in other countries - to compile statistics on inmates' backgrounds."

Ekeroth also put forward the motion in 2012 and 2013, but it was rejected in Parliament's standing committee on the constitution and in the chambers.

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