On Wednesday, the government’s investigators presented Mari Andersson a new proposal, regarding the requirements for those who apply for Swedish citizenship.
According to the proposal, in order to be approved, you must first pass two tests – one in Swedish and one in social studies.
Reforms like these are important for as many people as possible to enter Swedish society, he explains Morgan Johansson, Minister of Justice and Migration, at a press conference during the day:
– The starting point is that there are fundamental rights in a welfare society. But there are also basic obligations, he says.
The tests are paid for yourself
The Government’s idea is that the tests should be ordered by the National Agency for Education, and take place in college and university premises around the country.
The requirement to complete the test must apply to everyone between the ages of 16 and 66 who applies for Swedish citizenship.
– We know that it is more difficult to learn a language when you get older, and when it comes to children, we expect that if they apply for citizenship when they are under 16, they have gone to Swedish school, Andersson says about the choice of age range.
Carrying out the tests is expected to cost approximately SEK 2,500 – and will be paid for by the sampler.
According to the proposal, written and oral knowledge at beginner level will be required to pass the tests. The requirement for reading and listening comprehension will be somewhat higher.
Implementing the requirements can take time
Now the proposal is out for consultation – but deciding on the new rules is expected to take time.
Investigator Andersson proposes an introduction on 1 January 2025, but Johansson hopes it can go a little faster:
– This is an important proposal and we hope that it can be implemented before 2025. At the same time, I understand that this is a major organizational challenge, says Johansson.
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