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Sweden to harden family reunification rules

AFP | Stockholm

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Sweden will clamp down on loopholes abused by asylum seekers wanting to enter the country, as the government announced stricter rules for those wanting to avail themselves of family reunification schemes.

Stockholm has undergone a massive shift in how it deals with asylum-related matters over the past year following the election of a new government led by the Moderate Party with the backing of the right-wing Sweden Democrats.

Sweden famously endured what was once Europe’s most permissive asylum system throughout the 2010s.

During that time, the country witnessed a sharp spike in violent crimes driven by criminal gangs in new migrant communities.