Expelled refugee’s money “lost by police”

A mix-up of names has caused up to 30,000 crowns to disappear and end up in Iraq, according to DN on Monday.

When Kaleb Faraj had been arrested and held by the police awaiting his deportation back to Libya.

His friends in Sweden had raised 30,000 crowns, which they handed over the money to the police in Solna so that it could be forwarded and given to him. The police confirmed the money would get to him.

“Faraj was deported on 1st December 2004 and sent with a flight to Libya”, confirmed DN.

A few days after his arrival in Libya he contacted his friends to say he had landed, but he had no money. His friends realised that the police had never forwarded their money.

“I was only given clothes”, said Faraj.

Tomas Rönnberg at the police station in Västerort has confirmed that the police in Solna received the money and counted it. It has been said that he personally signed out the money upon his release.

At this time there was a man from Iraq held in the same detention centre. It is believed that “the two men’s names were mistaken and the wrong man received the money”, according to DN.

Following an unsuccessful investigation, the case has now been closed and Faraj’s friends are very upset with the outcome.

“If the money went to the wrong person, then the clothes that Faraj received would have gone to the wrong person as well”, said his friends.

The police argue that the mistake was due to the fact that the money and the clothes were handed over at separate occasions. According to rules no more than 500 SEK is allowed as a gift to someone who is under arrest.

A new investigation is underway in order for a decision to be made as to whether Faraj’s friends will be compensated for the loss or not.

Source: Dagens Nyheter

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Reader question: How do you meet the requirements for a sambo visa?

In Sweden, a sambo is domestic partner – someone you’re in a relationship with and live with, but to whom you aren’t married. If you, as a non-EU citizen, are in a sambo relationship with a Swedish citizen, you can apply for a residence permit on the basis of that relationship. But meeting the requirements of that permit is not always straightforward.

Reader question: How do you meet the requirements for a sambo visa?

An American reader, whose son lives with his Swedish partner, wrote to The Local with questions about the maintenance requirement her son and his partner must meet in order to qualify for a sambo resident permit.

“Their specific issue is that they meet the requirements for a stable relationship and stable housing, but have been told that qualifying for a sambo visa based on savings is unlikely,” she wrote, asking for suggestions on how to approach this issue. Her son’s partner is a student with no income, but whose savings meet maintenance requirements. But, they have been told by lawyers that Migrationsverket will likely deny the application based on the absence of the Swedish partner’s income.

How do relationships qualify for sambo status?

In order to apply for a residence permit on the basis of a sambo relationship, you and your partner must either be living together, or plan to live together as soon as the non-Swedish partner can come to Sweden. Because this reader’s son is already in Sweden as a graduate student, he can apply for a sambo permit without having to leave the country, provided that his student permit is still valid at the time the new application is submitted.

The Migration Agency notes that “you can not receive a residence permit for the reason that you want to live with a family member in Sweden before your current permit expires”. So once your valid permit is close to expiration, you can apply for a new sambo permit.

What are the maintenance requirements for a sambo permit?

The maintenance requirements for someone applying for a sambo permit fall on the Swedish partner, who must prove that they are able to support both themselves and their partner for the duration of the permit. This includes both housing and financial requirements.

In terms of residential standards that applicants must meet, they must show that they live in a home of adequate size – for two adult applicants without children, that means at least one room with a kitchen. If rented, the lease must be for at least one year.

The financial requirements are more complicated. The Swedish partner must be able to document a stable income that can support the applicant and themselves – for a sambo couple, the 2022 standard is an income of 8,520 kronor per month. This burden falls on the Swedish partner.

While the Migration Agency’s website does say that you may “fulfil the maintenance requirement (be considered able to support yourself) if you have enough money/taxable assets to support yourself, other persons in your household and the family members who are applying for a residence permit for at least two years”, it is unclear how proof of this would be documented. On a separate page detailing the various documents that can be used to prove that maintenance requirements are met, there is nothing about how to document savings that will be used to support the couple.

Can you apply on the basis of savings instead of income?

Well, this is unclear. The Migration Agency’s website does suggest that having enough money saved up to support both members of the sambo relationship is an option, but it gives no details on how to document this. It is also unclear whether applying on the basis of savings will disadvantage applicants, with preference given to applicants who can show proof of income from work.

The Local has reached out to an immigration lawyer to answer this question.