Sweden: Family reunification laws tightened

The Swedish government proposed a new directive requiring immigrants to have a job and housing before sending for relatives to join them. Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and Migration Minister Tobias Billstrom jointly announced the directive. According to the Prime Minister, the proposal is a way to strengthen the government’s job creation policy, and stressed that a multicultural Sweden would function better by reducing the number of people stuck in crowded living quarters, dependant on government welfare payments. It is an important and meaningful approach to strengthen job creation said Reinfeldt.