Jonas Sjöstedt
Left Party leader Jonas Sjöstedt. Credit: Sammy Steen/SR Sisuradio

Jonas Sjöstedt: Sweden's tightened immigration laws "have gone too far"

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In the first of Radio Sweden's party leader interviews, the Left Party's Jonas Sjöstedt says he believes immigrants can strengthen Sweden's economy.

The Left Party wants to reintroduce permanent residence permits and family reunification rights, party leader Jonas Sjöstedt tells Radio Sweden.

Sjöstedt rejected what he called a "competition in Europe to have the harshest policies" against refugees. He said that giving newcomers "the right tools" to integrate, such as Swedish language classes and the chance to adapt their professional qualifications, will "help make the Swedish economy stronger".

The Left Party aims to be part of the next government but is also a "pragmatic party", said Sjöstedt. "If we can change things – if we can lower working hours and strengthen workers' rights – we're always willing to negotiate."

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