Swedish migration board engulfed with bribery and corruption scandals
Tuesday, 29 January 2013
The Swedish migration board has come under intense scrutiny as it
emerge that resident permits have been sold to the highest bidders in
what has been described as a serious bribery scandal in that department.
In that respect, two officials connected with the Swedish Migration
Board in Malmö were arrested this morning on suspicion of selling the
Swedish permanent residency and work permit to a dozen of people from
Africa and the Middle East.
"My case official at the Swedish Migration Board told me that I could
pay Skr50,000 to get a permanent residence, "said an anonymous man to
Swedish Television studio in Malmo, southern Sweden.
He stated that in May 2008 he had already raised the alarm that he was
being asked to pay for his permit. His case administrator at the
Swedish Migration Board was then one of the two officers today arrested
on suspicion of aggravated bribery.
He made a police report in May 2008, but the case was closed. He later
also notify the Immigration Service, but got no reaction, reports
"This is extremely disappointing. It is not good for the agency's
reputation and also not good that there can be these kinds of
businesses, "said Migration Board General manager, Anders Danielsson.
Since residence rights granted to EU and EEA citizens and their family
members, means that they may stay in Sweden for more than three months
without a residence permit, these people involved have been equipped
with passports that gave them the appearance that they are Bulgarian
According Swedish television, the Migration Board's internal
investigators reported the matter to the police last summer after they
examined one official matters.
The suspected crimes is said to have been committed until 2008. One of
the suspects has stopped working for the board in 2008 and the other
was on leave.
Other reports hold that resident permits could be bought in Sweden.
This follows people who pay money and mask themselves as skilled worker
required in the Swedish job market sector where there are skill
shortages. Many are said to have bought the permits with the help of
the Swedish migration Service. This comes after the government pass a
rule, which allowed employers to shop for workforce from abroad
Labour Union, LO's investigator, Thord Ingesson told the Swedish daily,
Dagens Nyheter that it is estimated that at least half of the workers
who received two-year work permits have paid for them. The price tag
will be between Skr30,000 to Skr40,000 and even up to over
Skr100,000. See our report here
Organization Paperless Stockholm testifies that many employers do not
live up to the working hours and wages as stated by the Migration Board
and presented by the employee. In practice, this may mean that some
will are here to work as slaves for the employers some who know how to
present to the migration proof that they are working and are well paid.
by Scancomark.com Team
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