Centre Party on the new refugee agreement
Today, the Centre Party together with the Swedish government and the three opposition parties in the Alliance reached an agreement on the refugee immigration and integration. The agreement was presented at a press conference earlier today, and the Centre party is satisfied with having reached several goals in the negotiations.
The six parties have agreed on creating more legal ways into Sweden, one of the Centre Party’s highest priorities. Sweden will raise the number of quota refugees from the current 1,900 to 5,000 migrants. New and more legal ways have to be found for refugees to seek asylum in member states, including the possibility of humanitarian visas.
- It is important to focus on the opportunities for refugees to reach Europe and Sweden safely and legally, to limit the number of people risking their lives on the way to Europe. We are satisfied that the agreement includes such actions, says Johanna Jönsson, the Centre Party’s spokesperson for migration and integration.
Important measures to be taken according to the Centre Party, is the creation of more jobs and the lowering of the barriers for entering the labour market. The new refugee agreement includes extended deductions for household services (RUT). Almost half of those employed in RUT companies are foreign-born.
The agreement also includes an extension of the so called introduction jobs (YA-jobb). This gives to possibility to include immigrants and employers lacking collective agreements, which is the case for many small businesses. Additionally, there will be more possibilities for internships in the private as well as the public sector.
- Another of our priorities has been that people not only should be able to come to Sweden, but also become a part of our society and find a job easier. There are several such measures taken in this agreement, says Johanna Jönsson.
The Centre Party has also achieved increased initiatives to help Sweden’s councils to cope with the influx of refugees. Among other things, an additional ten billion SEK will be transferred to the councils already in 2015. Of these grants, around 200 million SEK is given to the civil society organizations.
- We have decided to provide more resources to volunteers in local councils and civil societies who make a huge effort in doing what’s needed in this situation. We are talking about a whole range of actions, including deregulation concerning the reception of unaccompanied minors, says Johanna Jönsson.
In order to increase housing constructions, a temporary exception from the law on planning and construction (PBL) has been introduced. We are at the same time investing in local funds for housing construction.
The parties have also agreed on a full review of the system; reception of unaccompanied minors, which includes allowing alternative forms of accommodation besides the so called HVB-hem.