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Fake work permits a growing problem: police

Fake work permits a growing problem: police

Published: 28 Aug 2012 14:46 GMT+02:00
Updated: 28 Aug 2012 14:46 GMT+02:00

The sale of false work permits to immigrants is causing more problems for Swedish police, who claim that the documents are being sold for up to 250,000 kronor ($38,100) by criminals who are proving very difficult to catch.

Sweden's National Bureau of Investigation (Rikskriminalpolisen) claims that the number of fake work permits is increasing, causing a headache for police.

“That’s the information from the police authorities, what we call the intelligence, and the perception is that it’s a growing problem,”explained Sören Clerton of the Rikskriminalpolisen to Sveriges Radio (SR).

“There is a clear abuse here of what should be prosecuted.”

In late 2008, new legislation for non-EU workers came into effect in Sweden, making it easier for these to seek work here.

At the same time, the rule change has made it easier for black market traders to provide fake documentation for jobs that didn’t exist.

These false work permits constitute what Clerton refers to as a “considerable number” of the 15,000 job permits given in Sweden each year.

“We’re seeing examples of previously known people smugglers who have begun using this method, and we have information that it's for up to 250,000 kronor - which can be the price of getting a legal work permit for Sweden,” he told the broadcaster.

To counter the problem, the Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket) implemented new laws in January this year in which an employer must show that they are able to pay a prospective employee for at least two years' salary.

“It has led to more applications being rejected, because the offered employment has not proved to be serious,” Nina Johansson of the Board told the broadcaster.

However, Clerton explains that the problem is not being taken seriously enough, adding that he has never seen a case of someone being punished for their involvement in the scam.

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15:23 August 28, 2012 by bourgeoisieboheme
"...new laws in January this year in which an employer must show that they are able to pay a prospective employee for at least two years' salary."

Well if they are good at faking permits and the such, why would they not be good at faking bank accounts and papers showing the funds exist?
16:02 August 28, 2012 by axiom
@ #1 - very good point, these changes usually just make it harder for genuine small companies to survive if they require labour imports.

The real criminals are usually a few steps ahead.
20:38 August 28, 2012 by moizhaad
i have applied for extension in the same profession in which i was issued the work permit..Can someone please assist me to know either the same rules are going to apply for extension same as new working permit or its bit easier to get extension.i am wondering if my employer need to show two years salary for my extension of work permit.

thanks
08:36 August 29, 2012 by azimuth
@3 Guess they will have to. Though I never heard of this new rule before. Really weird.

I'd repeat many others' complaints, but, they'd rather work harder on reducing the waiting times instead. Waiting for half year to get the permit is a really bad joke...
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