Human Rights

Human rights as the starting point

In 1948, the UN determined the human rights that all people should have – regardless of country, culture or context. Safeguarding the opportunity for refugees to seek refuge in Sweden is an important part in the work to protect the human rights.

The respect for human rights is the cornerstone of the Swedish migration policy. Safeguarding the opportunity for refugees to seek refuge in Sweden is an important part in the work to protect the human rights. People who are in need of protection and come here to find it must know that they are welcome, in accordance with the conventions that Sweden has signed, and our own legislation. In Swedish legislation, it is a human right to receive protection if you need it, and it is also a human right to live with whomever you choose, and to build a family with that person.

The Migration Agency works with human rights by considering applications from those who, for various reasons, want to take up permanent residence in Sweden and also by providing support to those who already have residence permits and want to return to their home countries. The Migration Agency is also responsible for ensuring that those who have been refused or deported voluntarily leave Sweden, and that this happens in a dignified manner.

The Migration Agency has a greater responsibility than many other authorities for ensuring that the human rights get a concrete meaning. The issue of individual freedoms and rights may come up when the Migration Agency intervenes, for example by deciding to detain an alien.

Last updated: 2015-04-24

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