International projects

The Swedish Migration Agency is actively participating in several international projects. These are part of our international development cooperation, which in turn is based in Sweden's Policy for Global Development.

Current projects

  • EU-FRANK (Facilitating Resettlement and Access to Asylum through New Knowledge)

    EU-FRANK (Facilitating Resettlement and Refugee Admission through New Knowledge) is a Swedish initiative within the AMIF Specific Actions aiming to develop new approaches to support and increase EU member states’ capacity to resettle persons in need of international protection. The project will offer operational support in the forms of training programs, expert support, exchange of best practices, coordination of activities, research and development of joint materials and guiding documents. The project will be conducted in close cooperation with UNHCR and EASO. It will primarily target participation from new or emerging resettlement states. Project implementing partners are Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, MPI and ICMC. Switzerland, the UNHCR, EASO and IOM participate as associated partners. The project runs over a period of four years starting in 2016.

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  • Bilateral cooperation project with the Turkish migration agency DGMM

    The Swedish Migration Agency and the Turkish Directorate-General of Migration Management, DGMM, have collaborated since 2014 with a view to improve outcomes in international protection and migration management. Starting September 2017, the SMA and DGMM will implement a three-year project entitled “Promoting Turkish Compliance with International Obligations in the Protection of Refugees and Migrants”. By using tools and methods developed by the SMA, the will address three objectives:

    • Promote a Turkish asylum examination process of high legal quality characterized by uniformity of outcome and procedure.
    • Promote a transparent, predictable and credible asylum examination process.
    • Promote and protect the rights of clients with diverse needs.

    The project is funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida.

  • The Twinning project in Kosovo (Strengthening Kosovo institutions in effective management of migration)

    The Twinning project in Kosovo (Strengthening Kosovo institutions in effective management of migration) is implemented during 2016 until February 2019. The Project is led by the Netherlands in cooperation with Sweden, through the SMA, and Austria. The aim of the project is to support Kosovo’s EU approximation and the development of the migration and asylum management. Activities such as seminars, training and formulation of recommendations are carried out by experts from several EU member states. The Project is financed by EU and co-financed by Sida, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.

  • The EURLO project

    The EURLO (European Union Return Liaison Officers) project is a Belgian return initiative within AMIF Specific Actions. The project aims to improve European cooperation in return matters by posting return liaison officers in strategically important countries as well as by using existing networks. The project builds on the cooperation within the EURINT network and is coordinated by Frontex and the EMN Return Expert Group on a European level amongst similar project (EURINT, ERIN). Project partners include Austria, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland and Great Britain. The SMA has, through the project, deployed EURLOs in Kabul and Rabat, and will during 2019 deploy a new EURLO in Kabul. The project is implemented between 2015-2022.

  • European Return and Reintegration Network (ERRIN)

    The European Return and Reintegration Network (ERRIN) is a development of the previous European Reintegration Network (ERIN) program with an extended mandate within the area of return, including reintegration. ERIN was incorporated as a component in ERRIN as of 1 October 2018. The Program aims at strengthening, facilitate and to streamline the return process in the EU through common initiatives and to promote durable and efficient reintegration of citizens in countries outside the EU. The Program is led by the migration agency in the Netherlands and is financed through the AMIF from 1 June 2018 until 1 July 2020.

Completed projects

  • European Reintegration Network (ERIN)

    The European Reintegration Network (ERIN) Specific Action program offered socio-economic reintegration assistance in the form of counselling, referral and/or reintegration assistance to foreign nationals who return voluntarily or non-voluntarily to their country of origin or a third country. The Program was led by the Netherlands from 1 June 2016 until 30 September 2018 when the program was incorporated into the wider European Return and Reintegration Network (ERRIN). The program was financed by the AMIF.

  • Twinning Project in Serbia – Support to the National Asylum system of Republic of Serbia

    The project was implemented from September 2015 until February 2018. The project was led by SMA in cooperation with the Netherlands, Slovenia and Serbia. The objective of the project was to support the serbian migration authorities development of the asyl- and migration policies as a part of the EU accession. The project was financed by the EU through the IPA funds and co financed by the Swedish International Development Agency.

  • The general support function for the Eastern Partnership Panel on Migration and Asylum

    The general support function for the Eastern Partnership Panel on Migration and Asylum supported the European Commission and the participating countries in the planning and carrying out of panel meetings and expert meetings. The work was carried out in close cooperation with the IOM. The SMA carried out this task until August 2016 and was funded by the EU.

  • The Silk Routes Partnership Project

    The SMA has also participated in the project "Fostering Migration Cooperation in the Silk Routes Region", implemented within the Budapest Process framework between 2011-2013 and 2014-2017. The overarching purpose of the project was to strengthen migration management in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan, first and foremost through capacity building activities. The project was led by the ICMPD in cooperation with the SMA, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, the UK, Turkey and Hungary.

  • Strengthening the capacity of the new Turkish Directorate General for Migration Management (DGMM)

    Between 2014 and 2016, the SMA and the Turkish Directorate General for Migration Management (DGMDD) implemented a multi-sectoral technical assistance project entitled “Strengthening the Capacity of the Turkish DGMM”. The project focused on migration analysis, Lean-management, voluntary return and quality assurance in asylum adjudication. The project was funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, SIDA.

  • Quality in Decision-making in the Asylum Process – Continuous Training Using Content of Jurisprudence (PP7)

    The Pilot project Quality in Decision-making in the Asylum Process – Continuous Training Using Content of Jurisprudence (PP7) was a follow up on pilot project PP4. The project was led by the SMA in cooperation with the german migration authority BAMF. The project was implemented from November 2014 until March 2016 and resulted in guidelines on training using the content of jurisprudence, for more information please visit www.pragueprocess.eu.
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  • Twinning Project in Armenia

    Starting in the summer of 2012 and the following 27 months, the SMA led a Twinning project in Armenia. The overaching goal of the project was to further develop migration management in Armenia and to approximate the armenian legislation to the EU aquis. The project was implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior in Poland.

  • European Return Platform for Unaccompanied Minors (ERPUM)

    European Return Platform for Unaccompanied Minors (ERPUM) was led by the SMA in cooperation with the Netherlands, Norway and Great Britain and was implemented between January 2011 until 2014 (Part I and II). It was funded by the EU return fund. The project focused especially on the search for parents and reception of unaccompanied minors who need to return to their country of origin.

  • European Asylum Curriculum (EAC)

    The European Asylum Curriculum (EAC) was a EU Member State initiative intending to enhance the capacity and quality of the European asylum process as well as to strengthen practical cooperation among the European asylum/immigration systems. It was initiated by Sweden in 2006 and financed by the EU. The project resulted in a common EU training programexternal link, opens in new window which is since 2012 managed by EASO.

  • The Söderköping Process

    December 2011 was the last month of the Swedish chairmanship of the Söderköping Process, and the SMA’s participation in the Secretariat. The Söderköping Process was incorporated into the Eastern Partnership through the new Panel on Migration and Asylum. The Söderköping Process was launched in 2011 under the first Swedish Chairmanship, as a cross-border cooperation project on asylum and migration, focusing on the Eastern Enlargement of the EU. Between October 2010 and March 2012, the SMA implemented a project secretariat financed by the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Last updated: 2018-12-28

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