Human rights is fundamental
Sweden's migration policy and regulations is based on international agreements that Sweden has signed. Among other conventions, the UN's Declaration of Human Rights is a corner-stone in the Swedish migration policy. In the case of refugees, it is about protecting the right to seek asylum.
In addition to the UN Declaration, Sweden has signed international agreements outside and within the European Union, which also affect the content of legislation.
Read more about human rights and international conventions
The right to equal treatment
The Swedish Migration Agency shall, as far as possible, aim for equal treatment and respect for people on their way. Everyone has the right to an equal and legitimate examination of his or her case. The application of the law shall be predictable and uniform.
We asses each application individually and the applicant must in different ways prove the information specified in the application. We want to gain an understanding of the applicant's own situation and have as clear a picture as possible before making a decision. This is especially important when the consequence may be that a person must leave the country.
In asylum cases, we take into account the knowledge of the situation in the applicant´s country of origin and also regionally within the country.
Decisions can be appealed
The applicant may appeal the Migration Agency's decision. At an appeal, the Migration Court interprets the law for us.
As a legal entity, the Migration Court of Appeal has the final word in the interpretation of Swedish laws. Together with the Migration Court, they develop the legal basis that we have to work from. The interpretations give us legal advice for further assessments of cases. At the same time, it ensures legal certainty and predictability in a case, from the submission of an application, through assessing of the application, up until a decision.