Prime Minister under fire for employing illegal immigrants

Prime Minister under fire for employing illegal immigrants

The Swedish politician says that anyone can be deceived by? Dishonest companies?

Sweden’s recently appointed Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson has been the subject of increased scrutiny by the media and political opponents after an illegal immigrant cleaner was found working in her home.

According to the newspaper Expressen, which was the first with the news over the weekend, the police arrested a young woman from Nicaragua a few days before Christmas in the Prime Minister’s villa in Nacka who was to be deported as an illegal immigrant and therefore wanted by Swedish authorities since the autumn of 2021.

The discovery was completely unexpected. The cleaners accidentally activated a burglar alarm that made the police go and check the house and everyone’s documents.

After being contacted by the newspaper, Andersson, who became prime minister in November, initially declined to comment, but later confirmed that she had parted ways with the cleaning company, which she said had misled her about the employee’s status.

The Social Democratic prime minister, who has used the company’s services for several years, added that even “we who want to do the right thing” can be fooled by “dishonest” companies.

However, her explanation seems to have fallen on deaf ears. Opposition politicians and the media were quick to recall Andersson’s inaugural speech, in which she urged people to do everything possible to fight crime. The story about the immigrant cleaner went viral on Swedish social media, while newspapers rushed to reveal more details about the cleaning company, its management and the Prime Minister’s security arrangements.

The Moderate Party’s Tobias Billström expressed concern about the state of national security in a country where the Prime Minister is not aware of the status of his own cleaners. He also gave a fairly transparent hint, noting that Britain’s former immigration minister, Mark Harper, had to resign in 2014 after ending up in a situation similar to Andersson’s.



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