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Sweden

Sweden has been lauded for its humane refugee and detention policies. Althgouh irregular stay in Sweden can result in significant penalties—including fines and prison sentences—in recent years authorities have de-emphasised detention and deportation in the treatment of undocumented residents. Sweden’s approach to detention contrasts sharply to those of its European neighbours.

Sweden Quick Facts

  • Immigration detainees:
    3015
    Detained asylum seekers :
    2409
    Detained minors:
    41
    Persons expelled :
    16140
    International migrants:
    1519500