Failed asylum seekers to be paid to go home

Failed asylum seekers who are hiding in Sweden will in future be entitled to state support to return to their homelands, the government has said.

Migration Minister Tobias Billström has said he wants to widen the scope of benefits available to help people living in Sweden illegally to return home.

In an interview with Svenska Dagbladet, Billström said he wanted to be active in encouraging people who were not entitled to be in Sweden to return home. Everyone who has had an asylum application rejected should leave the country, he said.

The new ‘re-establishment aid’ will be introduced on 1st August. Through the programme failed asylum seekers will each be entitled to 20,000 kronor in state support to return to return to countries where living conditions are difficult.