The Swedish Migration Agency's international cooperation

The Swedish Migration Agency actively participates in EU cooperation and collaborates closely with several international organisations and networks.

The Swedish Migration Agency's aims to be a leading actor within the EU and internationally. The agency's work will also contribute to greater awareness of the link between migration and development.

After nearly ten years of negotiations in the EU, a common European asylum system was formally decided upon during the spring of 2013. In order to achieve a common system in practice, the EU has established a support office for practical cooperation in asylum issues (EASO). The Swedish Migration Agency's Deputy Director-General is a part of  the EASO Management Board, and the Migration Agency therefore has an active role in the practical asylum work within the EU.

The Swedish Migration Agency is also a member of GDISC (General Directors' Immigration Services Conference)external link, opens in new window, which is a network for European cooperation focusing on practical issues and operation collaboration.

In addition to the current work under way within the EU, the Swedish Migration Agency works closely together with several international organisations and participates in several networks.

Key partner organisations

UNHCRexternal link (the UN Refugee Agency) is an important partner for the Swedish Migration Agency, particularly with regard to the resettlement of quota refugees, but also in the work with various protection issues and international recommendations in the field of migration.
The International Organisation for Migration (IOMexternal link) provides support to the Swedish Migration Agency in connection with return and practical cooperation with regard to resettlement.
Intergovernmental Consultations on Migration, Asylum and Refugees (IGC)external link is an informal forum where officials in different countries can discuss and exchange information on issues of asylum and migration. IGC compiles inquiries, provides statistics and organises meetings on different themes.
The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD)external link has a central role involving support and secretariat functions for the international migration dialogues, the Budapest Process and the Prague Process. The Swedish Migration Agency's cooperation with the ICMPD takes place primarily within the framework of international projects.

Last updated: 2016-04-12

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