Immigration official suspected of selling residency permits

Published 15 February 2024
- By Editorial Staff
The man blames "stress" and denies receiving money for the residence permits.

A case worker at the Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket) has been reported on suspicion of paying for residence and work permits. The Migration Board will now investigate whether the permits should be revoked.

The former caseworker was reported by a unit manager in March, which led to an investigation against the man in the summer. The immigration agency then reviewed eight cases handled by the man.

In seven of the cases, he was found to have wrongly granted residence and work permits to 41 people. It is also suspected that the man received payment for the permits after the Migration Agency received a tip-off about the matter. According to the tipster, the man allegedly charged several hundred thousand crowns for a permit.

However, it has not been possible to confront the man with the allegations because he resigned last fall.

Blames “stress”

– The Migration Board is now considering whether to revoke the permit, Carl Bexelius, head of legal affairs at the Migration Board, told tax-funded SVT.

The man has responded to the allegations in an email to the agency, saying that he may have made mistakes due to stress and pressure from management. He also denies having been paid for the permits he issued.

The Migration Board’s Personnel Responsibility Board has decided to report the man on suspicion of misconduct, accepting bribes and data breach.

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