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More effective regulations under the Aliens Act in cases involving security considerations


The Government has decided to refer proposals to the Council on Legislation. Under these proposals, it would be possible to withdraw a residence permit if it can be assumed that the person will carry out state-sponsored corporate espionage or activities related to terrorism.

“The proposals are part of the Government’s highly prioritised efforts to prevent threats to Sweden’s national security, where additional proposals can be expected,” says Minister for Migration Maria Malmer Stenergard.

The Government also proposes extending certain time periods for the withdrawal of residence permits. It is also proposed that it be possible to withdraw an alien’s passport for security reasons. The aim of the proposals is to make the regulatory framework more effective in cases involving security considerations.

“Terrorists and spies have no business in Sweden. It’s high time that we’re given additional means to withdraw residence permits from those who jeopardise the security of the nation and its citizens,” says Ludvig Aspling, migration policy spokesperson for the Sweden Democrats.

It is proposed that the legislative amendments enter into force on 1 January 2024. 

The proposals are based on an agreement between the Sweden Democrats, the Moderate Party, the Christian Democrats and the Liberal Party.