Sweden has said it wants to introduce new requirements that would allow the deportation of asylum-seekers and immigrants for substance abuse, association with criminal groups or threats to Swedish assets.
Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson’s minority right-wing government came to power a year ago vowing to crack down on immigration and crime.
“It is necessary that those who want to live in Sweden also adhere to the basic rules and live in an honest and well-mannered way,” Migration Minister Maria Malmer Stenergard announced in an interview.
Paulina Brandberg, the Minister for Gender Equality, told reporters that the government would review Swedish legislation to determine if certain grounds allowed the revocation of residence.
However, he listed potential examples of “defective lifestyles”, including benefits fraud, debt, dishonest living, substance abuse, as well as association with criminal networks or violent and extremist groups “threatening Swedish fundamental values”.
Brandberg said that the review will also look at “whether it is possible and appropriate to include statements that seriously undermine the basic Swedish popular values.”
“If it’s something other than these popular values that you want, or even actively against what Sweden stands for, then you simply don’t live here,” Brandberg said.
“The principle of Swedish immigration law is that only Swedish citizens have an absolute right to reside in Sweden,” Ludvig Aspling, the Sweden Democrats’ migration spokesman, told reporters.
Speaking to public broadcaster Sveriges Radio, Minister of Justice Gunnar Strommer also announced an investigation into the increasing recall of the force in the state.
This includes situations where someone has committed serious crimes, such as terrorism, or cases where someone has used threats, lies or rewards to obtain citizenship.
In some cases, revoking someone’s Swedish citizenship could render the state itself.
“I myself refuse nothing. But it’s part of the review, and we’ll see what happens with it,” Strommer told the radio.