The Mission of the Migration Agency

One of the Migration Agency's tasks is to consider applications from people who want to take up permanent residence in Sweden, visit, seek protection from persecution or get Swedish citizenship.

In Sweden, the Migration Agency is the authority that considers applications from people who want to take up permanent residence in Sweden, visit, seek protection from persecution or get Swedish citizenship.

In the reception of refugees, the Migration Agency provides housing and money for food to asylum-seekers, while they wait for a decision in their asylum case. When a refugee is granted a residence permit in Sweden, we give compensation from the state to the municipalities and county councils. If the application of an asylum-seeker is rejected, the Migration Agency is actively involved in the process of having this person leave Sweden.

Once a foreign national has been granted a residence permit in Sweden, it is primarily the job of the Swedish municipalities and county councils, along with the Swedish Public Employment Services, to be involved in the integration with Swedish society.

We are given our tasks by the people

The Swedish Migration Agency is commissioned by parliament and government, who set the Swedish asylum and migration policy. We are thus commissioned by the Swedish people, through the politicians who make decisions on migration policy.

The Agency is to apply the regulations that the citizens, through their elected representatives, have decided should apply when it comes to migration. Every year we get appropriation directives from the government, stating objectives and commissions, and how much money the Migration Agency may spend.

The government's goals for the Swedish Migration Agency:

The goal is to ensure a long-term, sustainable migration policy that safeguards asylum rights and, within the framework of regulated immigration, facilitates mobility across borders and promotes a needs-driven labour immigration, while utilising and considering the development effects of migration, and furthering European and international cooperation. 

A presentation in the official minority languages

A presentation of our mission is available in the official minority languages of Sweden: Finnish, Yiddish, Meänkieli, Northern Sami and Romani: Arlija, Kalo, Kalderash, Lovari and Traveller Romani.

Last updated: 12 April 2016