Tax Agency joins hunt for illegal immigrants

Tax Agency joins hunt for illegal immigrants
The Swedish police have managed to circumvent the Tax Agency's confidentiality concerns and access the records of twelve people working in Sweden without the necessary residence permits.

Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper reported on Tuesday that officials at the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket) at first declined to hand over the paperwork to the police, citing confidentiality concerns.

That decision was later overturned, allowing the police to use the information about the suspected lack of work visas among the immigrants, whose details were in the hands of the tax agency because they were applying to pay tax in Sweden.

According to DN, it is unclear why the agency decided to change its decision but the police gave said they had often worked with tax officials to access information about migrants working in Sweden without the necessary papers.

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