The Swedish Migration Agency logotype

What do the words mean?

Alternativt skyddsbehövande – Person in need of subsidiary protection is a person who has applied for asylum in Sweden and been given the status of a person in need of subsidiary protection. They generally get a residence permit for 13 months.

Asyl – Asylum means place of refuge. When a person applies for asylum they are seeking protection in a country other than their country of origin.

Asylprocess – The asylum process is the different stages that an asylum seeker goes through – from application to decision.

Asylsökande – An asylum seeker is a person who has made their way to Sweden and applied for asylum, but who has not yet been given a final reply to their application.

Asylutredning – An asylum investigation is an interview in which you have to tell us why you want to have protection in Sweden.

Avslag på asylansökan – A refusal of an asylum application means that a person has been given a “no” to their application for asylum.

Barn – Children means everyone who is under 18 years of age.

Beslut i ett asylärende – A decision in an asylum matter is when the Swedish Migration Agency has decided whether or not an asylum seeker is allowed to stay in Sweden.

Dagersättning – Daily allowance is a grant from the Swedish Migration Agency that an asylum seeker can apply for if they do not have money of their own.

Dom – Judgment. Most of the Swedish Migration Agency’s decisions can be appealed to a court. When a court takes its decision it is called a judgment.

Flykting – A refugee is a person who has applied for asylum and been given refugee status. This means that the person meets the requirements in the UN Convention about the rights of refugees, the Geneva Convention. They generally get a residence permit for 3 years.

God man – A guardian is a person who has to look after the interests of child asylum seekers when their parents are not able to do so. They can be a man or a woman.

Identitet – Identity means who a person is. When the Swedish Migration Agency asks about your identity, what we mean is what your name is, how old you are and where you come from.

Laga kraft – Legal force means that the decision can no longer be appealed.

Migrationsverket – The Swedish Migration Agency is the authority in Sweden that examines applications from persons seeking asylum. The Swedish Migration Agency also examines applications from persons who want to visit or move to Sweden or who want to become Swedish citizens.

Myndigheter – Authorities have to ensure that society functions the way it is supposed to according to the laws decided by the Riksdag (the Swedish Parliament).

Offentligt biträde – A public counsel is someone who knows the Swedish law. Your counsel helps you with your asylum application. A public counsel is a a member of the Swedish Bar Association or other lawyer and does not work for the Swedish Migration Agency.

Socialtjänsten – There are social services in all municipalities. They work according to a law called the Social Services Act. The Social Services Act is about what right everyone in the municipality has to social care in the municipality. It contains rules for how society has to help a person who needs help but cannot get help from anyone else.

Tystnadsplikt – Obligation to observe secrecy means that persons working at, for example, the Swedish Migration Agency are not allowed tell anyone what you have said unless that person has the right to know.

Uppehållstillstånd – Residence permit means that a person has been given a “yes” to their application to live in Sweden.

Överklaga – Appeal means that a person writes to an authority or a court to say that they do not agree with what the authority or court has decided. The person wants the authority or the court to change the decision.

Last updated: 2020-04-27

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