Despite political promises made for deportations to be carried out, Sweden has been struggling to clear up its growing shadow society.
2021 became at least the fifth year in a row when over 10,000 people with rejected resident permits avoided deportation and are wanted by the police, according to national broadcaster SVT.
“We have people in our society that we don't know and that no one has control over,” Cajsa Velden, the head of the National Border Police told SVT.
Neither the Swedish Migration Board nor the Police can answer how many people are actually involved in the shadow society as undocumented residents.
“I believe that many of those who move in Sweden also move very quickly across several borders within Europe. It is difficult to have control over how many they are or where they are”, Velden told SVT.
Velden pointed out the lack of detention sites as a problem and argued that more of them would make the border police better equipped to solve the task, as people would be kept in custody while waiting for expulsion.
According to the opposition Sweden Democrat leader Jimmie Åkesson, the fault lies with the government.
“The government hasn't done anything to improve the situation. On the contrary, it has lost control completely. It is very serious”, Åkesson told SVT.
According to Åkesson, the police are ill equipped with resources and powers to perform the necessary alien checks.
Immigration Minister Anders Ygeman emphasised that the Migration Agency now has the right to perform fingerprints and facial recognition during internal alien controls. Still, he agreed that more needs to be done.
“We need reception centres where we have a comprehensive asylum management so we can avoid people running away when they get a 'no',” Ygeman mused.
The debate about the scope of Sweden's parallel society blossomed anew when an illegal immigrant with no residence permit appeared to work as a cleaner and was detained at Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson's home, despite her explicit oaths to combat black labour market.
According to the Red Cross, however, there may be many for the deportees to abscond, including fear for their own and their families' safety and lives.
“I don't think anyone would choose to live as paperless if they had considered that the alternative was better,” Red Cross migration expert Alexandra Segenstedt told SVT.
With no reliable data, the number of illegal immigrants in Sweden was estimated at some 35,000 in 2010 and some 50,000 in 2018, with at least 42,000 more in a 2022 forecast.
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