POLL: Should Swedish language skills be a requirement for permanent residence?

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POLL: Should Swedish language skills be a requirement for permanent residence?

What do you think of a new inquiry that suggests it should be compulsory for foreigners to speak Swedish in order to get a permanent residence permit?


The proposal is part of a major report by a parliamentary Migration Committee, which was set up last year to suggest new migration laws that would replace a temporary law which is due to expire next summer.

It is important to note that the fact that it has been proposed does not mean that it will automatically make it into Swedish law, or even to the next step of the legislative process. There are several hurdles along the way, not least the fact that Sweden's centre-left coalition government is split on many of the report's proposals. It may not even happen at all – but it is still worth being aware of, and you can read more about the language proposal here.


Because it is still at such an early stage, the details of what level of Swedish would be required (a passing grade in Swedish For Immigrants, level C, was suggested in the report, but only as one potential option) are very vague.

But we want to know what you think. Have your say in our poll below.

Should Swedish skills be a requirement for permanent residence?


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