Three assignments to the Swedish Migration Agency on ‘return’

The Government has decided to instruct the Swedish Migration Agency to increase the number of places at detention centres, to reduce the time from asylum application to return and to enhance return procedures by means of liaison officers stationed at missions abroad.

The increased number of asylum seekers in autumn 2015 is expected to result in a significantly larger number of people receiving refusal-of-entry or expulsion orders in the coming years. For the asylum and reception system to work, people who have received such an order must return. This is a prerequisite for a legally secure and credible asylum process. Through this, more accommodation for other asylum seekers will be freed up and costs in the area of migration will be reduced.

The Government's assessment is that a number of measures are necessary to streamline return procedures:

Assignment to reduce the time from asylum application to return

The Government has instructed the Swedish Migration Agency to arrange permanent measures to reduce the time from asylum application to return or residence permit. The result in the form of shortened processing times must be realised in the course of this year.

The assignment includes enhancing the handling of, above all, tasks that require increased capacity for examining probable refusal, including obviously unfounded applications, and processing these cases in a separate procedure. The Swedish Migration Agency is also to increase its capacity as regards the handling of withdrawn asylum applications and declarations of acceptance, the return of identity documents, booking of travel home, etc.

Channels of contact must be simplified for those asylum seekers who wish to return, and the Swedish Migration Agency must have support and help ready so that those who wish to return can make progress in their individual procedure.

A report on what impact the measures taken have had is to be presented in the 2016 annual report.

Assignment to increase the number of places at detention centres

The Government has instructed the Swedish Migration Agency, after consultation with the Swedish Police Authority, the Swedish Prison and Probation Service and the property owner, to arrange for a temporary detention facility that will cover the estimated need for 100 new detention centre places. The goal is for the facility to be operational by 1 October 2016.

The Swedish Migration Agency, after consultation with the Swedish Police Authority and the Swedish Prison and Probation Service, is also to propose how the Migration Agency can provide flexible access to places at detention centres should the need further increase. The proposal is to fit within existing budget frameworks.

Finally, the Swedish Migration Agency, after consultation with the Swedish Police Authority, the Swedish Prison and Probation Service and, where applicable, the property owner, is to conduct planning and make preparations to increase the number of places at detention centres in Sweden in the long term, so as to replace the 100 temporary places.

A report on the assignment is to be presented to the Government Offices (Ministry of Justice) by 30 November 2016.

Assignment to enhance return procedures by means of liaison officers at missions abroad

The Government has instructed the Swedish Migration Agency, after consultation with the Swedish Police Authority and the Government Offices (Ministry for Foreign Affairs), to arrange for liaison officers to be stationed at missions abroad. This is to increase the number of enforced refusal-of-entry and expulsion orders. Liaison officers are also to monitor developments in countries of return.

Liaison officers are to be stationed in regions where special efforts are needed locally to facilitate an increased number of returns. They are to be deployed as soon as possible in 2016.

Contact

Jonatan Holst
Press Secretary to Morgan Johansson, Minister for Justice and Migration
Phone (switchboard) +46 8 405 10 00
Rasmus Lenefors
Press Secretary to Morgan Johansson, Minister for Justice and Migration
Phone (switchboard) +46 8 405 10 00