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Residence permit bribery probe 'likely to grow'

The Local · 25 Mar 2013, 08:26

Published: 25 Mar 2013 08:26 GMT+01:00

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The Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket) is investigating a number of suspected fraud cases, after several of its employees are believed to have sold residence permits.

An employee from the Malmö branch of the agency remains held on remand on suspicion of aggravated bribery. And another employee who was recently released from custody remains suspected of bribery.

A previous manager, who currently works in another state department in southern Sweden, is also suspected of involvement in the scam.

"The ongoing bribery investigation is going to grow. I'll be looking at people both inside and outside of the Migration Board," state prosecutor Nils-Eric Schultz told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper (DN).

The agency is also launching an internal task force to tackle the corruption.

"This is a unique decision. I interpret this to mean that the Swedish Migration Board recognizes that there are problems here," Schultz told the paper.

A spokesman for the board dismissed concerns that the bribes are a consequence of an increased workload for agency employees.

"It has nothing to do with efficiency demands," Migration Board spokesman Fredrik Bengtsson told DN.

He added that the task force won't be "hunting down individuals".

"We will be supporting individual workers where there are risks of them being influence," he said.

"I don't want to single out anyone, but these risks can apply to employees who are making decisions involving a fellow countryman, for example."

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Bengtsson added that he could not comment on whether he thought the investigation would lead to the discovery of more cases of bribery.

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09:32 March 25, 2013 by robban70226
bribery and coruption in Sweden?? Nej, That do not exist here!!!
09:49 March 25, 2013 by RobinHood
"He [Migration Board spokesman Fredrik Bengtsson] added that the task force won't be hunting down individuals".

Why not? It doesn't bode well when an investigator into a corruption allegation announces before the investigation has begun that he won't actually investigate if anyone is corrupt.

If this is how a corruption investigation is run in Sweden, it's not surprising corruption is rarely uncovered.
13:47 March 25, 2013 by occassional
How come "accountability" means little or nothing in Swedish?

It must not have been translated alongside the likes of "service" and "customer".
07:38 March 26, 2013 by robban70226

Simple, because the laws in Sweden are created by poloticians that must protect their corruption and cover their own a#s, No politician in Sweden will create a law where they can be accountable for, accountability and responsibility are not part the Swedish way of life
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