24 October 2019

Researchers at Linköping University will examine the legal security of those seeking protection in the country, in the newly started cooperation Asylum Commission. The project recently received a government grant of just over SEK 1.4 million.

Anna Lundberg, professor of welfare law at Linköping University. Ulrik Svedin
Increasing homelessness, mental illness, family fragmentation and deportations with elements of violence. This type of report is recurring to volunteers who meet asylum seekers in Sweden.
– There is evidence that there have been shifts in fundamental legal principles that have already led to serious consequences. An examination with scientific support is required to understand how this has happened and to avoid an even worse situation, says Anna Lundberg, professor of welfare law at the Department of Social Science and Welfare Studies (Linköping University).

State appropriation

She leads the project "Collection of data for scientific studies of the law, legal application and legal certainty for people who sought asylum in Sweden between 2015–2017", which is conducted within the framework of the Asylum Commission. The project recently received a grant of just over 1.4 million from the State Council of Formas (Research Council for Environment, Area of Business and Community Building).

With various sub-studies, the researchers will conduct interviews and collect case descriptions from asylum seekers, professionals and various support networks. Particular attention is paid to the situation of children and other vulnerable groups. A priority area is young people who sought protection without accompanying guardians.


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