Free care for illegal immigrants

Migration Minister Tobias Billström hinted that he is open to offering healthcare to immigrants who find themselves in Sweden without proper residence permits.

Earlier Billström had rejected the idea because he felt it would send the wrong signals.

But now his opinion on the matter has shifted somewhat and he told TV4 that pregnant women and children lacking residence permits would be offered free healthcare.

The suggestion entails providing free maternity care, care during childbirth, and health services to child.

“You can’t punish children—born or unborn—for their parents’ decision to live here in hiding,” said Billström to TV4.

Refugees in hiding and immigrants without documentation are currently unable to receive care without paying tens of thousands of kronor in healthcare costs.

Earlier, the Liberal Party and Christian Democrats said that would like to have those in hiding and lacking permits receive healthcare under the same conditions as others.