Finally a debate about immigration in Sweden
With an eye to the new elections slated for next March in Sweden the leader of the Christian Democratic Party, Göran Hägglund, has called for changes in the country’s immigration policy.
He wants the introduction of fixed-term residency permits and quicker processing of asylum applications.
The liberal daily Dagens Nyheter hopes this will trigger a long overdue debate on a sensitive topic:
“Unsurprisingly one of the first reactions was talk of a flirt with the [right-wing populist] Sweden Democrats. … But whatever Hägglund’s critics may say, the main problem with Sweden’s immigration policy is not what is said or how. Rather it’s all the things that are not said and not done. The integration debate needs impetus and participants. In future the focus should be on concrete policies rather than labels.”