The Ethics Council

The Swedish Migration Agency has an Ethics Council appointed by the government. The council plays an advisory role and the Director-General can request statements from the council concerning ethical matters.

The ordinance (2019:502) with the statute for the Migration Agency addresses the Ethics Council as a special body of the authority. Section 16 of the regulation states:

The Swedish Migration Agency has an Ethics Council. This council shall provide statements to the agency upon its request in regard to matters which concern how the agency shall design and organise its operations and which may involve ethical considerations.

The council shall consist of no more than seven members. The government appoints a chairperson and other members to the council for a determined period of time. Ordinance (2019:1177),

It is the Director-General who requests the Ethics Council to give its opinion. The Ethical Council then gives a written answer. Questions and answers are published on the Migration Agency's website.

The role and mission of the Ethics Council

  • To provide management and staff with support for making ethical assessments regarding practical issues.
  • To assist management and employees in communicating aspects of the agency's activities that have ethical dimensions to the government and other decision-makers.
  • To contribute to transparency in public administration.

Members of the Ethics Council

Cristina Grenholm

Cristina Grenholm (chair), born 1959, is a priest in the Church of Sweden, author and doctor of theology. She is Church Secretary at the Church of Sweden Office in Uppsala with responsibilty for theological work at a national level. She has previously worked at Uppsala and Karlstad University. Cristina Grenholm is also a board member of the Christian Council of Sweden and a member of the Government Council for contact with the religious community.

Cristina Grenholm's mandate reaches from 5 June 2019 until 3 June 2021.

Inger Asching

Inger Ashing, born 1974, is the managing director of Save the Children International. She was previously the director of the Delegation Against Segregation. Inger Ashing has also been a National Coordinator for young people without work or education, manager and deputy general director at the Swedish Agency for Youth and Civil Society, and managing director for the Global Child Forum. She has been active in Save the Children for more than 25 years. She has been a board member and the chairperson for Save the Children Sweden and a board member of Save the Children International.

Inger Ashing's mandate reaches from 5 June 2019 until 3 June 2021.

Anna-Sara Lind

Anna-Sara Lind, born 1977, is Professor of Public Law at the Department of Law at Uppsala University. Her research focuses on public law in a broad sense, how EU law affects legislative development within medical and social law and how freedoms and rights can be secured within a complex constitutional reality. She has been affiliated with the Centre for Research Technology and Bioethics since 2011. Anna-Sara Lind is a contributing organiser of the annual conference on the Impact of Religion-Challenges for Society, Law and Democracy at Uppsala University.

Anna-Sara Lind's mandate reaches from 5 June 2019 until 3 June 2021.

Anna-Sara Lind

Ludvig Beckman, born in 1970, is a professor at the Department of Political Science at Stockholm University. He defended his dissertation, The Liberal State and the Politics of Virtue, at Uppsala University in 2000. His research is focused on
fundamental problems in the relationship between public power and individual
rights. Professor Beckman has published several articles and books, e.g. Frontiers of Democracy. The Right to Vote and its Limits.

Ludvig Beckman’s mandate reaches from 5 June 2019 until 3 June 2021.

Questions regarding the ethics council can be directed to Theresa Karlbjörn, telephone 010-485 82 10 or email migrationsverket@migrationsverket.se.

Questions that the Ethics Council has answered (in Swedish)

Last updated: 2020-01-20

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