Palestinian refugees rally in Sweden over denial of right to asylum.
The Swedish migration authorities have announced their intent to suspend deportation flights from the country due to coronavirus outbreak.
In line with the new decision, Swedish police have started releasing asylum-seekers who have been held in custody pending their deportation, after their applications have been turned down.
Recently, the Swedish Migration Agency said it has carried out a reassessment of issues related to stateless refugees.
The Migration Agency’s Legal Affairs Department is now going through the entire migration area to see what consequences the current situation will have for those who seek protection, study, work, visit or want to move to Sweden.
Official Swedish statistics have indicated that 3,296 Palestinian asylum-seekers categorized as “stateless” received citizenship documents in Sweden in 2019.
Since mid-July 2016, the Swedish authorities suspended permanent visa procedures for holders of temporary protection cards.
Over the past few years, thousands of Palestinian refugees, among other migrants, who have applied for asylum in Sweden were granted two-year visas.
Eligibility criteria set by the Swedish authorities include a well-paid work contract valid for a minimum of two years and which enters into force before the expiration of the temporary visa. The employer should submit a recruitment declaration at the Swedish tax authority, taking into consideration the conditions defined by the national trade unions. Those aged below 25 should be holders of secondary school diplomas from Sweden or other foreign institutions.