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Refugees in Swedish Private International Law

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Swedish private international law contains no definition of its own of who is a refugee or political refugee. However a definition of 'refugee' can be found in the Swedish Aliens Act (2005:716). The purpose of this chapter is not to analyze the definition of refugee in the Aliens Act, but rather to examine to what extent that definition, which in the course of years has several times been modified through legislation or re-interpretation, applies in private international law as well. For a refugee coming from, for example, communist-ruled Czechoslovakia or Poland, Swedish law represented values that were familiar to him and that he often even remembered from pre-communist days. Such a refugee could be expected to adapt relatively quickly to Swedish law in such areas as family or inheritance.

Keywords: inheritance; refugee; Swedish private international law



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