The number of asylum seekers who came to Sweden reached record levels in 2015, and this has consequently brought about a need to improve resources in the system for reception of asylum seekers. The Government has therefore proposed that the right to financial assistance shall cease earlier than it does under current regulations for adult aliens who are not living together with any children under the age of 18.
Today, the right to assistance ceases when an alien who is covered by the Reception of Asylum Seekers Act receives a residence permit or leaves Sweden. With the current amendments, the right to assistance for adult aliens who are not living together with any children under the age of 18 will cease when the period for voluntary departure or the expulsion order expires or, if there is no expiry period, when the decision can no longer be appealed. Since the need for resources is currently great, the Government wants the amendment to come into force as soon as possible. An additional amendment to the central government budget was therefore made before the consideration of the revised spring budget, which is the next regular occasion on which amendments to the central government budget can be made.
The Riksdag voted in favour of Government's proposal. The new regulations on financial assistance come into force on 1 June 2016.