Safe country of origin

The Swedish Migration Agency has a list of so-called safe countries of origin. If you come from any of these countries, the Swedish Migration Agency will assume that you can be protected by the authorities in your country of origin.

In Sweden, the EU rules on so-called "safe countries of origin" are applied. The Swedish Migration Agency has a list of countries that are considered safe countries of origin. In order for a country to be assessed as a safe country of origin, several criteria need to be met. When an assessment is made of whether a country can be considered safe, the Swedish Migration Agency conducts an overall assessment of the country. Among other things, we look at:

  • whether there are armed conflicts
  • whether there is the occurrence of persecution or torture
  • how basic freedoms and rights are applied.

According to the Swedish Migration Agency, the following countries are safe countries of origin:

  • Albania
  • Bosnia and Hercegovina
  • Chile
  • Georgia
  • Kosovo
  • Mongolia
  • North Macedonia
  • Serbia

If you come from any of these countries, the Swedish Migration Agency will assume that you can obtain protection from the authorities in your home country. The Swedish Migration Agency can then make a decision on refusal of entry that will be enforced immediately. This means that you may need to leave Sweden even if you appeal the decision, and you will be issued a re-entry ban that is valid for two years.

If there are serious reasons for why you cannot obtain protection from the authorities in your home country and for why your home country cannot be considered safe for you as an individual, the Swedish Migration Agency cannot make a decision on refusal of entry that will be enforced immediately.

Read more about refusal of entry that is to be enforced imme­di­a­tely

Last updated: 2021-07-19