Foreign countries’ intelligence activities targeting dissidents in exile
is called refugee espionage.
Refugee espionage make people fear not only for their own security but also that of relatives in their former home countries. This may also undermine the democratic process, and lead to a situation where people who have sought asylum in our country may no longer feel able to enjoy their constitutional rights and freedoms.
Swedes expressing their support for such dissidents may also be subject to monitoring by foreign intelligence services. There is also a risk that refugee espionage could evolve into other forms of espionage, as individuals who have already been intimidated into spying on their countrymen in Sweden are susceptible to continued extortion attempts for other types of information.
| Swedish Security Service | P.O Box 12312 | SE-102 28 Stockholm | Phone: +46 10 568 70 00 | Fax: +46 10 568 70 10 |