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Sweden

Country Report: Statistics Last updated: 10/06/22

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Overview of statistical practice

The Swedish Migration Agency publishes monthly statistical reports on asylum applications and first instance decisions.[1] These include a breakdown per nationality, as well as statistics specifically relating to unaccompanied children.

 

Applications and granting of protection status at first instance: 2021

Applicants in 2021 Pending at end 2021 Refugee status Subsidiary protection Humanitarian protection Rejection Refugee rate Sub. Prot. rate Humanitarian Prot. rate Rejection rate
Total 11,412 5,509 2,112 637 275 7,970 19% 6% 3% 72%
Breakdown by the 10 most common countries of origin of the total numbers:
Afghanistan 1,491 1,147 271 40 11 247 45% 7% 2% 46%
Syria 1,274 667 369 334 16 234 39% 35% 2% 24%
Iraq 934 558 71 17 17 497 12% 3% 3% 82%
Ukraine 523 165 1 4 0 491 0,2% 0,8% 0 99%
Turkey 492 387 283 1 9 149 64% 0% 2% 34%
Somalia 456 221 84 6 11 274 22% 2% 3% 73%
Eritrea 406 127 217 13 10 99 64% 4% 3% 29%
Iran 376 235 247 0 9 461 34% 0% 1% 64%
Stateless persons 347 171 82 28 36 159 27% 9% 12% 52%
Ethiopia 301 141 34 3 2 234 12% 1% 1% 86%

Source: Migration Agency Monthly Statistical Report December 2021, Dnr: 1.1.1.2-2021-2118, pages. 8, 14; Migration Agency, Monthly Statistical Report December 2021, Dnr: 1.1.1.2-2021-2118, pages. 8, 9, 14; Statistics provided by the Migration Agency’s statistics unit Eurostat, table A05, A06, A08. (Please note that decisions according to the Dublin regulation are not included as rejections).

*Statistics on decisions cover the decisions taken throughout the year, regardless of whether they concern applications lodged that year or in previous years. “Rejection” only covers negative decisions on the merit of the application, not inadmissibility decisions.

 

Gender/age breakdown of the total number of applicants: 2021

Number Percentage
Total number of applicants 11,419 100%
Men (incl. children) 7,200 63%
Women (incl. children) 4,219 37%
Children 2,754 24%
Unaccompanied children 507 4%

Source: Migration Agency, Asylum statistics, available at: http://bit.ly/2kkz2Vu; See also Migration Agency Yearly Statistical Report 2021, Dnr 1.3.2-2022-2199, pages 55-56. Please note that there is a minor discrepancy in these figures.

 

Comparison between first instance and appeal decision rates: 2021

First instance Appeal
Number Percentage Number Percentage
Total number of decisions 12,793 100% 12,709 100%
Positive decisions 3,310 26% 92 7%
·        Refugee status 2,112 17% not available not available
·        Subsidiary protection 637 5% not available not available
Negative decisions 7,970 62% 9,799 77%

Source: Migration Agency Monthly Statistical Report December 2021, Dnr: 1.1.1.2-2021-2118, page 8, 14, 19.  See also Migration Agency, Asylum statistics, available at: http://bit.ly/2kkz2Vu where the total number of decisions is recorded as 12,804, comprising 3,313 positive decisions and 6,641 negative decisions. However, these numbers include Dublin decisions. According to the Migration Agency’s Monthly Statistical Report, positive decisions make up 32% of the total number of decisions tried on the merits of the application (excluding Dublin decisions and other cases not tried on the merits). However, the total numbers from the two sources does not seem to add up.

 

 

 

[1] Migration Agency, Asylum statistics, available at: http://bit.ly/2kkz2Vu.

Table of contents

  • Statistics
  • Overview of the legal framework
  • Overview of the main changes since the previous report update
  • Asylum Procedure
  • Reception Conditions
  • Detention of Asylum Seekers
  • Content of International Protection
  • ANNEX – I Transposition of the CEAS in national legislation