About the Migration Board

In Sweden, the Migration Board is the authority that considers applications from people who want to take up permanent residence in Sweden, come for a visit, seek protection from persecution or become Swedish citizens.

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  • 31 October 2014

    New method for assessing particularly distressing circumstances

    On 1 July this year, the Swedish Aliens Act was changed to allow asylum-seeking children to be granted residence permits due to particularly distressing circumstances. The term exceptionally  distressing circumstances previously applied to both adults and children. The Swedish Migration Board has now developed a method to assess particularly distressing circumstances in the case of children.

  • 19 September 2014

    Number of international students increasing

    After tuition fees for international students were introduced in 2011, the number of applicants plummeted from nearly 15,000 to about 7,200 applicants in 2012. Now the trend is reversing and more colleges and universities are seeing an increase of students from non-EU countries. Jönköping and Lund Universities are two of them.

  • 2 September 2014

    Municipal places for unaccompanied minors need to be doubled

    The Swedish Migration Board is reporting that more municipal places are needed to house accompanied minors this year. 3,200 places are needed this year and in 2015, which is double the number of places currently catered for.