Costs for the care of illegal immigrants have increased by a whopping 118 percent in the three metropolitan regions within Sweden since 2014.
By – Brünnhilde
This explosive growth over the last 4 years, from SEK 90.2 million to SEK 196.9 million, accounts for approximately 85 percent of Sweden’s total healthcare costs.
It was in 2011 that the Alliance government, together with the Environmental Party, agreed that immigrants illegally residing in Sweden would be entitled to “unassailable care“, which included more than just emergency care.
Since the decision, the number of illegal immigrants has also grown sharply. Before the law, the number was estimated at 10,000-35,000 and today it stands at 30,000-50,000. It is expected to grow by another 45,000 by 2021.
The costs are also expected to rise sharply in the coming years, the Swedish newspaper reports .
However choosing to stay in Sweden, despite refusal, is no longer controlled by access to care, according to Joakim Ruist, economics economist and integration researcher at the University of Gothenburg.
“Although the group is growing, it is still small and we talk about very limited welfare services. So economically it is of course sustainable. Then, if you think it’s politically sustainable, maybe it’s a bigger and more complex question,” he says.