No to Government proposal on changed rules for keeping aliens in detention

Published: 28 November 2018 at 16.30

Updated: 28 November 2018 at 16.29

The Riksdag has rejected the Government's proposal to change the rules concerning detention and supervision of aliens. This is mainly due to the fact that the proposal is based on an inquiry that is seven years old and that both migration to Sweden and migration policy have changed since then. 

The purpose of the Government's proposal is to make the rules clearer and more legally secure, for example by ensuring that a court should always examine whether a foreign national should be kept in detention longer than two weeks. It should also become clearer which authority in various situations should decide whether to place or keep the person in detention or decide that the person should be put under supervision.

In the opinion of the Riksdag, it is necessary to have a holistic perspective of the regulatory framework, in contrast to the proposal which only focuses on certain parts of the rules. Otherwise, there would be a great risk that the legislation would not be fully effective.