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.
Sweden allocates a third of its places in the quota system to Syrian refugees. The quota also includes Afghani, Somalian, Eritrean, Congolese and Colombian persons in need of protection.
The Migration Board makes in a new judicial position a new assessment of the security situation in Afghanistan. “The security situation in Afghanistan does not reach the merits of an armed conflict in any province of the country. But the situation outside Kabul and the provincial capitals will still be regarded according to the regulation for other severe conflicts,” explains Fredrik Beijer, Deputy Director of Legal Affairs.
When looking at the number of individuals who received residence permits, the group 'persons otherwise in need of protection* showed the most marked increase during 2013 when compared with 2012. By the end of the year almost 29,000 persons had been granted asylum, which is an increase of 67 per cent.