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 is able to request statements from the council concerning ethical matters.

The statute for the Migration Agency says the following:

The Swedish Migration Agency shall have 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.

SFS 2004:294, Section 10a


Cristina Grenholm

Cristina Grenholm (chair), born 1959, priest in the Church of Sweden, author and doctor of theology. She was a candidate for the position of archbishop in 2013. Cristina Grenholm was ordained in the Diocese of Stockholm in 1985. After her service in the priesthood, she went on to become a university lecturer at Uppsala University in 1990 and a professor in religious and philosophical studies at Karlstad University in 2003. In 2009, Cristina Grenholm took up her post as Church Secretary at the Church Office in Uppsala where she coordinates theological work at a national level.

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

Inger Asching

Inger Ashing, born 1974, is the director of the Delegation Against Segregation. She was previously a National Coordinator for young people without work or education. Prior to that, she worked as manager and deputy general director at the Swedish Agency for Youth and Civil Society, as Managing Director for the Global Child Forum and as a chairperson for Save the Children Sweden. Inger Ashing is also a board member at 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.

When choosing members, the government places great importance on putting together a council which comprises a broad range of experiences and fields of knowledge.

Questions regarding the ethics council can be directed to Margareta Bergman; tel.010-485 47 16 or email

Last updated: 2019-06-27

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