Over recent years, thousands of Palestinian refugees have been denied asylum in several European countries and received immediate deportation orders.
The Swedish Organization against Statelessness has called for exempting stateless people from tough citizenship criteria, including permanent residence.
Though Sweden has signed the UN convention to end statelessness, some 30,000 people are still categorized as stateless in Sweden, including hundreds of Palestinian refugees from Syria.
Swedish news outlets quoted the Justice Minister Morgan Johansson as acclaiming the UN efforts to end statelessness, saying calls to cancel permanent residence as a precondition for stateless migrants wishing to obtain citizenship are pointless.
The Swedish Migration Agency set tough requirements for becoming a Swedish citizen.
Applicants are required to prove their identity—quite a difficult task for Palestinian refugees who lost their documents as a result of war and years of displacement.
The applicant should also be 18 years of age or older, have a permanent residence permit (a temporary residence permit is not applicable), or have a right of residence or residence card (applies to the applicant if he/she is an EU citizen or a close relative of an EU citizen).
In order to apply for citizenship, the candidate should have met the requirements for habitual residence (i.e. lived in Sweden for a certain amount of time) and have conducted him(her)self well while in Sweden.
Activists said such tough conditions make it almost impossible for refugees holding temporary visas and wishing to obtain permanent visas to apply for citizenship in the kingdom.
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 and Syrian refugees, among other migrants, who have applied for asylum in Sweden were only granted two-year temporary visas.