Legal documents

Below is an overview of legal documents that are relevant for the project. The documents are sorted by country.

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The law on controlled immigration, effective right of asylum and successful integration (2018)

An English explanation is available here.


Act on the Acceleration of Asylum Procedures (2015)

Act on the Introduction of Fast-Track Asylum Procedures (2016) 

Integration Act (2016)

Second Act to Improve the Enforcement of the Obligation to Leave the Country (2019)

Law on Tolerance in Training and Employment (2020) (provides safe status for tolerated persons who are in training or employment)


The Immigration Act of Norway (2008)

Official English translation, updated latest in 2014

The Immigration Regulations (2009)

Official English translation, updated in 2014

Regulation on the right to health and social services for persons without permanent residence in Norway (includes irregular migrants)

Ministry of Justice, Proposal for a one-time amnesty for failed asylum seekers with a combined period of residence in Norway of at least 16 years, and a combined residence/age of 65 years (2020)


The Swedish Aliens Act (2005)

The law on temporary restrictions to obtaining a residence permit in Sweden (2016-2019, extended until 2021)

EU legal sources

The Dublin Regulation (Regulation (EU) No 604/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 June 2013 establishing the criteria and mechanisms for determining the Member State responsible for examining an application for international protection lodged in one of the Member States by a third-country national or a stateless person)

More information on the Dublin Regulation

The EU Qualification Directive (Directive 2011/95/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 December 2011 on standards for the qualification of third-country nationals or stateless persons as beneficiaries of international protection, for a uniform status for refugees or for persons eligible for subsidiary protection, and for the content of the protection granted)

The EU Return Directive (Directive 2008/115/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2008 on common standards and procedures in Member States for returning illegally staying third-country nationals)

The EU Procedures Directive (Directive 2013/32/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 June 2013 on common procedures for granting and withdrawing international protection)

The EU Reception Directive (Directive 2013/33/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 June 2013 laying down standards for the reception of applicants for international protection)