Migration and asylum
Sweden's migration policy comprises refugee and immigration policy, return policy, support for repatriation and the link between migration and development. It also includes global cooperation on these issues. This area also covers issues related to Swedish citizenship.
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Brexit – the rights of UK nationals in Sweden after the transition period
UK nationals living in Sweden on 31 December 2020 will need to apply to the Swedish Migration Agency for residence status. The UK left the EU on 1 February 2020 but during the transition period, ending on 31 December 2020, EU law still applies to the UK. As of 1 January specific provisions of the Withdrawal Agreement will apply.
UK nationals living in Sweden need to apply for new ‘residence status’, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, to be able to continue living and working in Sweden on broadly the same basis as an EU citizen. Applications for residence status must be submitted to the Swedish Migration Agency by the end of September 2021 at the latest.
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Economy and migration at European Council
When EU leaders gathered at a meeting of the European Council on 9 March, the economic situation in the EU was discussed. The agenda also included the situation in the western Balkans and migration issues with a focus on the situation in Libya. The European Council re-elected Donald Tusk to the position of President. Sweden was represented by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.
Prime Minister to receive Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis
On Monday 6 March, Lithuania’s Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis will be visiting for talks with Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. During their talks, they will discuss current issues such as trade and increased growth, migration and security in our neighbourhood.
Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat visited Prime Minister Löfven
Earlier today, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven welcomed Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta, the current holder of the EU Presidency. The visit began with a joint wreath-laying ceremony at Olof Palme's grave.
Government decides to prolong internal border controls again
The Swedish Government has decided to prolong internal border controls from 11 February to 10 May 2017.
EU leaders agreed to strengthen cooperation with Libya
Preventing the loss of lives in the Mediterranean was a top priority when EU leaders met at an informal summit in Valetta on 3 February.
Migration and future of EU on agenda as EU leaders meet in Malta
Migration, particularly the central Mediterranean route and Libya, will be the focus as EU leaders gather in the Maltese capital, Valletta, on 3 February for an informal meeting of heads of state or government.
Migration policy and EU future in focus during Prime Minister Stefan Löfven’s past meetings with Chancellor Angela Merkel
Sweden and Germany enjoy close cooperation both in the EU and bilaterally. Since becoming Prime Minister in 2014, Stefan Löfven has visited Germany several times for talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel. Reforming EU migration policy has been high on the agenda since the Government took office and was also the focus of Mr Löfven's visit to Berlin in September 2015.
Hopes of stronger EU cooperation on security, climate and migration
In the midst of an extremely important time for the EU, Germany's Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit Stockholm on 31 January for a meeting with Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. Brexit negotiations are due to begin, and a new asylum system will be put into place. Germany has a key role in both of these processes. Hans Dahlgren is State Secretary to Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, and he tells us more about the visit.
The Government helps municipalities place unaccompanied minors
The reception of large numbers of unaccompanied minors seeking asylum in 2015 involved a considerable undertaking on the part of the municipalities to achieve a good long-term system of reception in which account is taken of children’s rights. Although the number of unaccompanied minors seeking asylum in Sweden has decreased, Sweden will probably receive a large number of unaccompanied girls and boys in coming years too.