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(Stockholm, 14 June 2018): On his first official visit to Sweden as the UN’s humanitarian chief, Mark Lowcock today thanked the Government and people of Sweden for their unwavering commitment and support to humanitarian action across the world.
A leading donor and contributor to international emergency response, Sweden is also a top donor to the UN’s Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, which is led by Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator Lowcock.
Today, Sweden entered into a new multiyear agreement to support the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). With this support, Sweden is consolidating its position as one of the largest donors to the fund.
The updated AIDA Country Report on Sweden documents developments in the asylum procedure, reception conditions, detention of asylum seekers and content of international protection throughout 2017.
This fact sheet outlines the Government's current work in this area.
The Government's objective is to ensure a sustainable migration policy that safeguards the right of asylum and, within the framework of managed immigration, facilitates mobility across borders, promotes demand-driven labour migration, harnesses and takes account of the development impact of migration, and deepens European and international cooperation.
This fact sheet outlines the Government's current work in this area.
"These young people have become a part of Sweden. They should not be hurt by the extremely long processing times"
STOCKHOLM, Nov 27 (Reuters) - Sweden will let some migrants who arrived as unaccompanied minors and turned 18 during the process of applying for asylum stay even if their applications are rejected, a rare relaxation of rules imposed at the height of the 2015 migration crisis.
The Swedish asylum system—long one of the most efficient and generous in the world—faced an unprecedented challenge in the fall of 2015. As the number of refugees and migrants arriving in Sweden surged, processing times for asylum applications grew and emergency housing reached capacity. Schools struggled to enroll young newcomers, who made up nearly half of asylum applicants in 2015. The pace of arrivals, coupled with existing housing, teacher, and interpreter shortages, brought this robust system to a crisis point.
One year after the great refugee influx reached Europe, lasting changes are seen to have occurred in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. All four have tightened their asylum policies, in some cases drastically, and border controls between them have been reinstated for the first time since the 1950s. While differences over joint EU migration policy also remain, the situation has also created awareness of the need to improve coordination of migration and integration policies in Northern Europe. Closer coordination with Germany would also be desirable.
By Swedish Red Cross
One in three Syrian refugees suffers from depression, anxiety, and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, a Swedish Red Cross study has found.
Mental health problems are common among newly-resettled refugees and asylum seekers searching for safety in in Sweden, especially among those from war-torn Syria. Disturbingly, as many as 30 per cent of Syrian refugees report that they have experienced some form of torture in the past.
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) began supporting asylum seekers in Götene municipality in Sweden with mental health and psycho-social activities, on Monday. The project comes following an assessment of asylum seekers’ needs in Sweden and uses an innovative and culturally sensitive model of care that prioritises early intervention. Working alongside an existing network of volunteers, the project seeks to highlight the need for mental health services for asylum seekers in the country and prove MSF’s model of mental health care in Europe.
(Stockholm, June 20, 2016) – The Swedish Parliament is expected to approve a restrictive new asylum bill on June 21, 2016, that could harm the well-being of migrant children in need of protection and undermine their opportunity to effectively integrate into Swedish society, Human Rights Watch said today. The bill, which will apply to all children and adults who applied for asylum after November 24, 2015, will temporarily roll back some rights currently available under Swedish asylum law.
STOCKHOLM, April 11 (UNHCR) – The refugee crisis in Sweden has provoked an outpouring of generosity from Swedes who are giving skills, time and money.
But it has also had the unexpected consequence of bringing two of Sweden's largest Muslim and Christian congregations closer together. Now they are going into business in a unique collaboration to provide accommodation for refugees – which, they hope, could set an example for interfaith cooperation across the world.
Source: Reuters - Mon, 4 Apr 2016 15:32 GMT
Bu Johan Sennero
STOCKHOLM, April 4 (Reuters) - Sweden said on Monday it would allot an extra 10 billion crowns ($1.23 billion) to regional and local authorities to hire more teachers and healthcare workers to help cope with a migrant influx that has strained public services.
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JIPS support missions in Sweden
In 2015, Sweden received a record-breaking 162,877 asylum applications. More than 30,000 of these applicants were unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC) from Afghanistan. Given the large number, UNHCR have embarked on a profiling exercise to better understand their plight and current situation to inform an adequate response.
GOTHENBURG, 22 March 2016 - Back in November, it was like the end of innocence. Deputy Prime Minister Åsa Romson famously broke down in tears as Sweden, the European country that has accepted the most asylum seekers per capita in recent years, announced it was ending its open-door policy.
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European Economic and Social Committee
Mission Report – Sweden, 16 – 17 December 2015
The right to assistance will cease to apply for people whose expulsion order has become final and non-appealable. This is what the Government lays out in a proposal submitted to the Council on Legislation. The proposal does not apply to families with children and is part of the agreement reached by the Government and the centre-right parties in October 2015.
The cost for receiving refugees in Sweden is partly financed by deductions from the Swedish development cooperation budget, which has consequences for Sida's activities. At the same time, Sweden is increasing its support for peace and conflict resolution in the Middle East, with a special focus on the crisis in Syria.
In the wake of a murder at a shelter for young refugees, Sweden's government has come under pressure to carry out age checks on those who claim to be under 18. Swedish law protects unaccompanied minors from deportation.
Brussels, 8 January 2016 – The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is concerned at the recent news that Sweden has reinstated identity checks at its border with Denmark. Sweden has a long tradition of protecting refugees and defending human rights. In fact, in 2015, the country received the highest number of refugees per capita in the EU, approximately 163,000 asylum applications in total. Civil society and NGOs like JRS Sweden have worked to welcome the new arrivals.