Stefan Löfven presented Statement of Government Policy

The refugee crisis, climate change and the labour market were some of the topics that Prime Minister Stefan Löfven addressed in the Statement of Government Policy that was presented on Tuesday (click here for the statement in English).  Löfven called for obligatory reception of immigrants for all municipalities and also said that the compensation for refugees is to be raised. Furthermore, Sweden will actively work for further rescue efforts in the Mediterranean and safe ways to seek asylum. “Legal paths to asylum must exist. Those with reasons for asylum are allowed to stay while others will have to return. Sweden has regulated immigration”, he said. The climate policy includes investments for a fossil free vehicle fleet, investment to get more people to cycle and investment in offshore wind power. He also presented a three-stage jobs agenda: investments in the future, investment for growing businesses and skills development. Moreover, Fas 3, the employment program for those who have been unemployed for more than 450 days, is to be scrapped. The Prime Minister also mentioned Russia and the security situation in the Sweden’s immediate vicinity. ” Russian aggression and destabilisation of Ukraine is the most serious challenge to European security since the Cold War” said the Prime Minister.

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Joakim Höjer is a journalist at Mundus News and a regular contributor to the Monthly Policy Review. He holds a Master’s degree in Communication Studies from the Faculty of Journalism at Stockholm University and is finishing a Bachelors of Political Science. Joakim was previously employed at SIDA, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency. He holds a great passion for both national and international politics and also travel, having formerly lived and worked in South Africa and with significant travel to other countries. Joakim is fluent in English as well as Swedish, his mother tongue.