Building Knowledge for a Concerted and Sustainable Approach to Refugee Resettlement in the EU and its Member States

Legal and administrative framework

Sweden

The legal basis for resettlement is contained in the Aliens Act (2005:716). Moreover, a 2012 Spending authorization for the Migration Board defines the annual resettlement quota and a Migration Board Decision (GDA 6/2012) regulates the Swedish resettlement programme for 2012.

Laws

* Aliens Act (2005:716)

Abstract

The Aliens Act was published in the Swedish Code of Statutes (Svensk författningssamling (SFS)) under number 2005:716. (In Sweden, every law has an SFS number, which coincides with the law number). It contains a specific provision on resettlement in Chapter 5. ‘Residence permit for persons otherwise in need of protection’, Section 2:

“A residence permit shall be given to an alien who has been received in Sweden within the framework of a decision that the Government has issued on the transfer to Sweden of persons in need of protection (resettlement)”.

Note well that there is no downloadable version of the Act with the latest amendments. It can only be consulted online, in Swedish (including amendments up to 2012) on the Swedish Government Offices website at:

http://www.riksdagen.se/sv/Dokument-Lagar/Lagar/Svenskforfattningssamling/Utlanningslag-2005716_sfs-2005-716/#K4

An English version of the Act, including amendments up to 30 December 2009, can be downloaded below. 

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Aliens Act (2005:716) in English with amendments up to 2009

Decisions

* Decision: Resettlement in 2012 - Distribution of places, strategic and operational assessments (GDA 6/2012)

Abstract

This Migration Board Decision (dated 23/01/2012) regulates the Swedish resettlement programme for 2012. The quota of resettlement and its geographic distribution was shaped by the following considerations:

1. UNHCR requests for destinations and target groups in accordance with “UNHCR Projected Global Resettlement Needs 2012”;

2. Sweden's willingness to contribute to solving protracted refugee situations and the desire to use resettlement strategically;

3. Sweden's ability to act quickly to resettle people with urgent needs;

4. Sweden's ability to use the dossier selection method fairly extensively.


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Decision: Resettlement in 2012 - Distribution of places, strategic and operational assessments (GDA 6/2012) in Swedish

* 2012 Spending authorization for the Migration Board

Abstract

The Spending authorization for the Migration Board was issued by the Ministry of Justice (dated 22/12/2011). It defines the annual resettlement quota (1,900 persons in 2012).

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2012 Spending authorization for the Migration Board in Swedish

Sweden snapshot

Size: 449,964 km2

Population: 9.2 million

Year of EU Entry: 1995

In the Schengen Area: Yes

Protection Status Granted: 10,830 (2011)

Resettlement Scheme: Programme (1950)

Resettlement Quota: 1,900 refugees/year

Resettled Refugees: 1,853 (2012)

Source: The information about the size, population, in the Schengen area, and year of EU entry is taken from europa.eu.