Annie Lööf called for a "Lex Tayyab" to protect such programmers.
Annie Lööf called for a "Lex Tayyab" to protect such programmers. Credit: Maja Suslin/TT

Opposition parties slam deportation of Pakistani developer

Sweden's opposition has sharply criticised a decision to deport a top app developer back to Pakistan, warning that the migration agency's inflexibility is hurting national competitiveness.

On Tuesday, Stockholm’s Migration Court rejected an appeal by Tayyab Shabab, an app developer for the Swedish company Dynamo. The court refused to extend his work permit because of an error made by a previous employer and is giving Shabab four weeks to leave the country.

Annie Lööf, leader of the Centre Party, called for a new law, a 'Lex Tayyab', to prevent talented programmers from being deported in future.

"This one-size-fits-all system we have in Sweden is losing us competitiveness," she said.

"It is both illogical and unworthy for a country like Sweden that a successful programmer... who is a huge asset to the company he works for...should be forced to leave now because of a mistake by a former employer."

Johan Forssell, migration spokesman for the Moderate Party, questioned the effort the migration authorities were putting into cases such as Shabab’s at a time when they have an unusually heavy workload.

"It is extremely strange that Sweden in 2017 is putting time and resources into deporting people who are well educated, pay taxes, and that companies are looking for far and wide," he told Sweden's news agency TT.


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