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The Chamber met with Tayyab in Berlin

The Stockholm Chamber met with the programmer Tayyab Shabab in his new hometowe Berlin, who was deported from Sweden following a prior mishap from his previous employer.

Hear the radio input here:

Maria Rankka, CEO and Andreas Hatzigeorgiou, Chief Economist of the Stockholm Chamber, visited Tayyab in Berlin, his new hometown. Accompanying their trip was Sveriges Radio, who proceeded to interviewed Tayyab.

During the interview he explained that it took two months to get an appointment in Germany with an officer, where he subsequently was granted a four-year residence permit the same day.

He explained that his only regret is that he did not move to Germany earlier.  At the same time, he hoped that the new guidelines provided by court-rulings from the Court of Appeals of Migration would change the situation for others who seek to establish themselves in Sweden to work.

- This situation must change. Many people are affected by these rules and are unjustly punished, although they are sought after in Sweden, Tayyab Shabab tells Sveriges Radio.

Maria Rankka explains that Tayyab is a witness to the obvious problem of how Sweden treats labor migrants.

- Stockholm and Sweden has undoubtedly a lot to learn from Berlin and Germany. The process in Berlin was quick and smooth for Tayyab. Sweden’s clumsy handling led to our loss of a top talent. Now is the time for change, says Maria Rankka.


The case of the expulsion of the programmer Tayyab Shabab gained awareness in Sweden in 2016. The Stockholm Chamber of Commerce was behind the campaign #BackaTayyab to lift the issue and the substantial problem that has long been ongoing with expulsions of labor following administrative mishaps.

In Tayyab’s case, it was centered around a minor mistake surrounding a pension premium. Although the mistake was corrected as soon as it was noticed, the verdict still stood that Tayyab Shabab would be deported.

He then applied for jobs in Germany, where he got an offer and left Sweden.