Swedish legislation on cessation and revocation of status of international protection has changed since the implementation of relevant recast EU Directives. Relevant legislation can be found in Chapter 4 of the Aliens Act. There is no up-to-date English translation of the Aliens Act, but it should be noted that Sweden adheres to relevant EU legislation and national law.
Decisions on withdrawal of protection status are taken by the Migration Agency. Decisions can be appealed to the Migration Court, and Migration Court judgments can be appealed to the Migration Court of Appeal. There is no explicit requirement for conducting a personal interview, however the Migration Agency’s position is that a personal interview should be held in these cases given the impact the decision can have for the individual as well as the fact that the burden of proof rests with the Migration Agency. If the possibility of expulsion arises as a result of the withdrawal procedure, a legal counsel is appointed on the same grounds as in a normal asylum case.
It should be further noted that, when it comes to cessation, review or withdrawal of international protection, the Swedish Migration Agency, the Swedish Police and the Swedish Security Services have intensified and formalised their co-operation in order to render more efficient the work of identifying those who should not benefit from international protection. 553 cases regarding residence permits and 436 cases concerning citizenship were referred to the Swedish Security Services during 2019.
In 2018, Sweden withdrew international protection status for 162 individuals in 2018. 55 of those concerned were from Syria (14 refugee status, 41 subsidiary protection), 34 from Afghanistan (7 refugee status, 27 subsidiary protection) and 18 from Iraq (14 refugee status and 4 subsidiary protection). Statistics for the year 2019 were not available at the time of writing (March 2020).
 Migration Agency, Annual Report 2019, 19 February 2020.