A sign and a panel of men.
Lawyer Sebastian Scheiman, far right, and Matt Kriteman, center, of the Diversify Foundation, discussing the issue at Almedalen. Credit: Frank Radosevich/Radio Sweden

Workers facing deportation report high levels of stress

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Non-EU workers in Sweden facing possible deportation because of mistakes made by their employers say their situation is making them stressed, depressed or worse.

A new survey carried out by the Diversify Foundation found many foreign workers facing deportation reporting health problems.

Preliminary results from the small-scale survey show more than 90 percent of respondents say their legal troubles with the Swedish Migration Agency have affected their or their family's health in some way. And when asked if they would recommend Sweden as a place to work for other foreigners, 75 percent answered "no".

The Swedish Migration Board is in charge of issuing work permits - and making sure employers follow the regulations in place. But the agency has held a strict interpretation of the rules - meaning even minor, one-time mistakes can get people deported when they try to renew their permit.

Sebastian Scheiman is a lawyer in Stockholm that is helping many of work permit holders in trouble. His client comes from Sweden IT sector to fast food restaurants. He says he's had people break down in tears when they come to their office. 

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