The right to equal treatment

Swedish legislation is based on international agreements. Laws neither shall nor may have different consequences for the individual depending on individual characteristics. Actively combating discrimination is a self-evident part of respect for human rights.

The Swedish Discrimination Act regulates what is counted as discrimination. How protection against discrimination is regulated in the law is linked to the context in which the discrimination takes place and the grounds for the discrimination.

The grounds of discrimination regulated in the legislation are gender, transgender identity or expression, ethnic origin, religion or other belief, disability, sexual orientation and age. Disability as a ground of discrimination also includes health and illnesses, for example. Your must, for example, not be given worse treatment on account of HIV or other illnesses or because you are pregnant.

At the Swedish Migration Agency we work actively on gender equality and criticism of norms to ensure equal treatment.

The Swedish Migration Agency has special coordinators for improvement work in thematic issues. We have, for example, a coordinator working specifically on questions of gender, gender expression and sexual orientation and a special coordinator for children’s issues.

Last updated: 2017-11-30

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