On November 24th 2015 the Swedish government presented a number of actions aiming to decrease the number of people seeking asylum in Sweden. The proposed plan consists of a number of arrangements meant to prevent or discourage refugees and migrants from coming to Sweden. The most commonly known are the temporary residence permits (proposed to be applied to both adults and children), those given temporary permits will not be allowed to reunite with their families and the carrier’s liability preventing refugees or migrants without valid identification documents from travelling by boat, bus or train to Sweden.
A strong public opinion against the proposed actions has formed, as the consequences for an already vulnerable group of people, given what they have endured in their home countries and on their journeys to Sweden, will be devastating. Many also disagree with the Swedish government’s description of Sweden being in a state of emergency.
On December 10th 2015 representatives of various organizations came together and agreed to start The People’s Campaign for the Right to Asylum. These organizations’ members have daily interacting with refugees and migrants on a daily basis, or personal experience of life as a refugee.
We called upon the public and organizations to support this People’s Campaign for the Right to Asylum by signing the petition, but also by means of personal statements, letters, video recordings or other manifestations. We did also list examples of how hosting refugees and migrants can play a positive part in building a safe society for all.