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Fewer granted asylum on re-application: report

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Fewer granted asylum on re-application: report
10:39 CEST+02:00
It has become increasingly difficult for undocumented immigrants, whose application for permanent residence in Sweden has been rejected, to apply a second time, according to a new report by national broadcaster Sveriges Radio (SR).

Of the around 20,000 asylum seekers who have their application rejected annually, about 15,000 are sent back to their home country and only some 500 per year try again, reported the broadcaster.

And in order to re-apply, four years must have passed from the rejection.

Previously, 85 percent of those who applied for a permanent residence permit in Sweden were granted the right to stay, whereas today, this number has been reduced to 60 percent.

The change follows a precedent-making verdict from 2009, which states that the asylum seeker must cooperate with authorities after the application has been rejected. Remaining hidden after the initial rejection will not work in the applicant's favour in the re-application process, according to SR.

But to get to stay in Sweden today on a re-application, there would need to be especially distressing circumstances, according to Fredrik Beijer, acting legal head for the Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket).

“A family with children for example who have been here for a long time and where the children have adapted to Swedish society to an extent where it would be very hard to uproot and return to their home country,” said Beijer to SR.

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