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Swedish Vocabulary List for the Refugee Crisis Posted by on Feb 26, 2016 in Vocabulary

If you’ve been paying attention to the news in Europe and in Sweden anytime over the last couple of years, and especially recently, you’ve probably heard about the refugee crisis. There’s been a lot going on in Sweden with regards to migration policies. Borders are being tightened, residence permits are tough to come by, and nearly every day you’ll see articles in the newspapers about what’s going on.

As you’re reading through the Swedish newspapers to practice your Swedish, it can be difficult to keep up. With that in mind, we’ve put together a short vocabulary list with XX number of nouns that are meant to help you understand a few of the key terms with regards to the current situation. This is, obviously, not a complete list and there are plenty more nouns (not to mention verbs and adjectives) that you’ll need to keep up-to-speed, but hopefully this is a good place to start.

You’ll notice that for many of these, once you’ve got a few of the words down, you’ll be able to build other compound words. And, of course, the opposite is true. By breaking those words into smaller pieces, you’ll be able to figure out what you’re reading.

Good luck!




the refugee crisis


the migration crisis

de mänskliga rättigheterna

human rights

en asylsökande

an asylum seeker

en emigrant

an emigrant

en flykting

a refugee

en flyktingbåt

a refugee boat

en flyktingpolitik

a refugee policy

en flyktingsmugglare

a refugee smuggler

en gräns

a border

en gränskontroll

a border control

en immigrant

an immigrant

en integrationspolitik

an integration policy

en invandrare

an immigrant

en invandringspolitik

an immigration policy

en medborgare

a citizen

en migrant

a migrant

en migrationspolitik

a migration policy

en utvandrare

an emigrant

ett bistånd


ett medborgarskap

a citizenship

ett uppehållstillstånd

a residence permit


the Swedish Migration Board


the Dublin Regulation


the Schengen Area

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About the Author: Marcus Cederström

Marcus Cederström has been writing for the Transparent Swedish Blog since 2009. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Scandinavian Studies from the University of Oregon, a Master's Degree in Scandinavian Studies from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and a PhD in Scandinavian Studies and Folklore from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He has taught Swedish for several years and still spells things wrong. So, if you see something, say something.