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The Chairman of the European Union Affairs Committee (EUAC) Kalle Palling and Deputy Chairman Jaak Madison made a two-day visit to Sweden to learn about the Swedish migration policy. They concluded that Estonia should learn from the experiences of our neighbour in receiving refugees and in working with them.

“It is important for us to learn from those who have the most experience in shaping refugee policy, and Sweden is definitely one of those,” Kalle Palling said. “At the meeting with Urban Ahlin both parties recognised that the current national approaches are sure to change. Those who have not been active in the refugee policy must become more active, while countries like Sweden, who have been very open, must assume a slightly more conservative attitude.”

“The purpose of the visit was to see how one of our neighbours has been coping with mass immigration, and to look at the problems this has caused,” Jaak Madison said. “In the future, an efficient cooperation between the Baltic states and the Nordic countries will play a crucial role.”

Yesterday, the Chairman and Deputy Chairman met the Speaker of the Swedish parliament Urban Ahlin and the Swedish EUAC, and discussed the European migrant crisis and the Swedish migration policy. Ahlin encouraged Estonia to receive those who seek help. Around 160,000 asylum seekers are estimated to reach Sweden this year.

During their two day visit to Sweden, Palling and Madison also met the Head of the UNHCR Regional Representation for Northern Europe Pia Prytz Phiri and State Secretary to Minister for Justice and Migration Lars Westbratt. They also visited the Estonian House in Stockholm.

Today, Palling and Madison visited a school that has been specifically set up for immigrants in Stockholm. They learned about the work of the school and met with Agneta Berner, the head of the refugee and minority unit of the City of Stockholm.

Riigikogu Press Service

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