Advertisement

Police deportation sting fails in nine of ten cases

Share this article

Police deportation sting fails in nine of ten cases
10:27 CET+01:00
Nine of ten people stopped by Stockholm police on suspicion of being illegal immigrants were in Sweden legally, new statistics show.

In January, police in the Swedish capital stopped 716 people to perform an "internal border control", but only 42 people proved to be in the county without residency rights, the Metro newspaper reported.

Statistics for the months of December and February are characterized by a similar margin of error of around 90 percent.

"That's a high margin of error," Sören Clerton, head of the border control division of Sweden' National Bureau of Investigation (Rikskriminalpolisen, NBI) told the newspaper.

"That's a figure that should be as low as possible."

Clerton admitted it was impossible for police to guarantee that no one be stopped because of their appearance or language. He promised that police would review their procedures to see if there was anything wrong with their methods.

Simon Andersson, a PhD candidate in legal procedure, criticized the police's high margin of error.

"You need a very strong reason to believe someone doesn't have the right to be here," he told Metro

"The Swedish people don't want people stopped for looking foreign, and it's very strange to use another pretence, like fare-skipping, to stop people."

TT/The Local/dl

Follow The Local on Twitter

Share this article

Advertisement

From our sponsors

7 ways to help your child adjust to life abroad

Moving abroad can be a big adjustment for anyone - and it's even harder when the move wasn't your choice. So how do you help your children settle in when your family makes the move?

Advertisement
Advertisement
3,959 Jobs
Click here to start your job search
Advertisement
Advertisement

Popular articles

Advertisement
Advertisement