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Anna Kinberg Batra (M). Foto: Magnus Hjalmarson Neideman
Anna Kinberg Batra (Moderate). Photo: Magnus Hjalmarson Neideman

Moderates want to push refused asylum seekers to leave

Sweden's biggest opposition party, the conservative Moderates, want to put pressure on migrants who have been turned away from Sweden, to actually leave the country.

The party, which does not feel that the red-green government's proposal on Tuesday to restrict refugees coming to Sweden, went far enough, wants to expand ID checks and they also want to see more people being put in custody as they wait to be deported, reports news agency TT.

"There are a great many who get a no, who don't leave, themselves," the party's spokesperson Elisabeth Svantesson, said.

In upcoming talks with the government, the party plans to push this issue.

The leader of the Moderates, Anna Kinberg Batra, believes that the refugee situation is still unsustainable, despite the measures announced by the government on Tuesday. She wants to see a much stronger "returning process" for people whose asylum applications have been rejected but who do not want to or cannot leave Sweden.

The Moderates also suggest making a special agreement with Afghanistan on returning people there, and the Migration Agency and the police to prioritize working to return them. The party also wants to lengthen the current period of limitation; today, if a person has managed to stay underground in Sweden for four years, one can turn in a new aslyum application.

Moreover, the party wants the Migration Agency to be able to seize the passports and ID documents of people whose applications have been rejected, and it wants more internal checks to prevent aliens from staying in Sweden illegally.

The party also wants to make more use of putting people in custody, and are also suggesting that a new decision about distribution is made within the EU for children and youth who come alone.

Many experts have said that the Moderates' suggestion to send away people directly at the border breaks current regulations, but the party stands by its proposal.

"We have to decrease the pressure," says Kinberg Batra. "The aim is to induce other countries to take more responsibility, otherwise we won't get good enough results."

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