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People we meet

People move to Sweden for various different reasons. It might be to study or to work, to visit relatives and friends or because they have met a partner they want to share their life with. Many move to Sweden voluntarily while others are forced to flee from war and persecution. No matter the reason, each migrant’s journey is unique.

Meet some of the people who have travelled to Sweden

Thousands of people move to Sweden each year. No matter the reason, we receive and consider applications from individual people. There are a number of different laws and conventions which help determine whether a person can stay in the country or whether they will be required to leave.

Working with issues which affect people’s futures and doing so with respect and equal regard to the applicants is something which entails an enormous responsibility. It is important to have considerable understanding for the applicant’s personal situation, even when tough decisions need to be made.

There’s always a person behind the number

The Migration Agency wants to spread some knowledge about the people applying to reside in Sweden and we are happy to share some of their own stories. All migrants are different and their life choices diverge, but the one thing they have in common is that they all want to come and build a life in Sweden. A journey that gives them new experiences, skills and opportunities in life.

MigTalks – a conver­sa­tion series

Between 2016 and 2017, the Swedish Migration Agency worked together with other organisations on a communication initiative concerning migration under the name of MigTalks. The purpose of the initiative is to give some visibility to the people behind the statistics and shed some light on their reasons and motivations for moving from one country to another.

Stories and perspectives from people who have moved here form the basis of our aggregate knowledge. You can find some of their stories here on these pages.

More stories from Mig Talks

The interview material collected through MIG Talks is also compiled in the book 87 voices on migration. The book is a collaboration between the Swedish Migration Agency and the Nordic Museum.

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In the brochure Migration – People and facts, you can read more about the Swedish Migration Agency's mission, how we work and how people are affected by it. You can print the brochure, or order it from us.

Migration – People and Facts (in English)PDF

You can also order the brochure (in Swedish only)

Last updated: 2020-10-13

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