Prime Minister Statsminister Stefan Löfven and Vice Prime Minister and Green Partly co-leader Åsa Romson announcing the new asylum rules. Photo: Janerik Henriksson / TT.
Prime Minister Statsminister Stefan Löfven and Vice Prime Minister and Green Partly co-leader Åsa Romson announcing the new asylum rules. Photo: Janerik Henriksson / TT.

No Green Party vote on asylum restrictions

An effort by Green Party members to organize a recall vote on the Social Democrat-Green government's decision to tighten asylum rules will likely not come to pass, Swedish Radio News reports.

In November, the government presented new and more restrictive migration policies for asylum seekers in an effort to slow the flow of refugees coming to Sweden, a move which angered many in the Green Party.

Some were so incensed that they started a petition to bring about a member's vote on the policy change signed with the Social Democrats. But the party needs at least 10 percent of its members, about 1,700 names, to call the vote, something organizers say won't happen.

"Unfortunately, it does not look as if we'll get enough names," Lage Rahm, a former member of parliament and one of those who have been involved in this issue, told Radio Sweden.

Rahm said he did not know exactly how many names have been collected but said "it's not near what we would need."

Green Party secretary Anders Wallner, however, welcomed the news about the vote falling short of its goal, saying the issue of migration policy isn't suited for a simple up or down poll by its members.

"A member's vote would be good if it is possible to have a clear yes or no issue, and I don't think you can find that here on this subject. It is a complex issue," he said.

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