Last year, the Swedish migration board 135 cases of suspected war crimes and crimes against humanity to the police. In 2017 was notified of 52 cases and in the year 2016 were notified 43. The notifications apply to both asylum and other types of residence permit.
– notify when there is a suspicion of war crimes or crimes against humanity, it may be that people participated in fights where we have information that the troops have committed war crimes or that it has poserat of pictures with dead people or similar, " says Johanna Måhlén, presskommunikatör at the Swedish migration board.
depends mainly on the enhanced cooperation with the police and the Prosecutor's office to detect these suspected war crimes. If it is an increased information and knowledge sharing between the authorities. At the same time, the Swedish migration board increased the number of trained specialists in areas such as war crimes.
– the Specialist's mission is to support in the investigations in which war crimes are suspected, and to help spread knowledge on these issues at the authority, says Johanna Måhlén.
Since 2016, the authority has trained these specialists. Then the number was about 15, during the last few years, they have increased to 40 people.