The new civilian minister, Ardalan Shekarabi, is an illegal immigrant who was deported by the government in 1989.
Ardalan Shekarabi came to Sweden with his family in 1989, but the Immigration Board then rejected the family's application for asylum and decided that the family should be deported back to Iran.
- Asylum will only be given to those applicants who meet the requirements under the UN Refugee Convention and to those who otherwise have very strong protection needs, the Social Immigration Minister Maj-Britt Lööw, said then.
The Shekarabi family was not compliant and therefore expelled, the Swedish paper Dagens Industri writes. But the family went into hiding and lived illegally in Sweden for a few years, and then, during the Carl Bildt government, they got asylum.
In1993, Ardalan Shekarabi joined the Social Democratic youth organization SSU and became its chairman in 2003, but was forced to resign in 2005 after he was accused of stealing the organizations money. He had taken money from SSU and used it for its own internal campaign for reelection as chairman.
As recently as last week, he was accused by the media for having cheated on taxes after filling in his tax form incorrectly, an error the IRS responded to.
Now, then, the illegal immigrant who was kicked out of the SSU by irregularities is back as one of the Swedish government's ministers.
As a civilian minister, Shekarabi will among other things, be responsible for contracts, amounting to 600 billion SEK each year.
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