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Children 'unprotected' after court ruling: agency

Published: 11 Mar 2012 10:43 GMT+01:00
Updated: 11 Mar 2012 10:43 GMT+01:00

Sweden's Migration Board (Migrationsverket) can't stop children coming to Sweden, even when there's a risk that they'll be exposed to violence and assault from a step parent, according to a court ruling from the Migration Court of Appeals (Migrationsöverdomstolen).

"This doesn't feel good. In future, we won't be able to protect a child from obvious risks," said the board's legal head Mikael Ribbenvik to newspaper Dagens Nyheter (DN).

The case in question concerned a man who in 2008 was sentenced to gross violation of a woman's integrity (grov kvinnofridskränkning) against his ex-wife, as well as assault and sexual assault against his children and step children.

The Migration Board denied an application for residency from a foreign woman who'd initiated a relationship with the man, since the woman has a 15-year-old son.

The Migration Court (Migrationsdomstolen) also turned the application down, but the couple appealed the decision, which was overturned by the court of appeals.

The couple had gotten married before the judicial review, and Swedish authorities are not permitted to check criminal records before approving residency permits for married couples.

Despite this, the Migration Court ruled that, considering the man's crimes, it was incompatible with the child's safety to approve the permit.

The court of appeals, however, ruled that it was not possible to put the good of the child first, wrote DN.

TT/The Local/cg (news@thelocal.se)

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13:48 March 11, 2012 by Abe L
Then make a law that does allow the migration board to prevent children to come to Sweden. Makes you wonder why they didn't think of that.
18:32 March 11, 2012 by gpafledthis
Just love you guys !! A world leader again !! Another legal triumph over good sense !! I give you ten years and all swedes will be wearing burkas out of shame not to be recognized by their neighbor !!
18:50 March 11, 2012 by johan rebel
So "initiating a relationship" is sufficient reason to be granted residency in Sweden?!?

Good grief, when will the loony left in this country wake up?

I fear the answer is never.
22:46 March 11, 2012 by TheWatchman
'The couple had gotten married before the judicial review, and Swedish authorities are not permitted to check criminal records before approving residency permits for married couples.'

Why? They should be able to look at whatever they want.
08:48 March 12, 2012 by Reason abd Realism
So Bonnie and Clyde, would be welcomed into Sweden without a check of their criminal records if they were married.

Such putrid legislative nonsense is beyond comprehension.

Since when does marriage, or a marriage of convenience, absolve the criminal nature of anyone?

Hope the 15 year old son is well trained in self defense, so protect both himself and his mother from the hideous beast that he will be forced to live with.
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