Who is Victor Carlström? 

Victor is a 37-year-old Swedish citizen and global finance expert. He was the most accomplished fund manager and financial broker in Sweden in the early 2010s.  In 2013, he employed over 200 people and had over 10,000 clients.  

He was hired at age 28 to be a broker at Folksam, one of Sweden’s largest financial companies. The organization claimed almost half of the country’s population as clients. Within two years, Victor voiced concerns about the company to executives and was released by the company within weeks, denied more than $12 million in commissions owed to him.

Since that time Victor has uncovered widespread corruption, bribery, illegal commissions, and other crimes by Folksam executives, the company itself, Swedbank and Swedish government agencies, who have each sought to smear his name and reputation, ruin his businesses and destroy his family. Victor came to the United States in 2019 to seek asylum; there have been multiple attempts on his life since arriving.  On Dec. 17, Victor filed a $4.2 billion lawsuit against the agencies, individuals and powerful financial companies that have engaged in criminal activities and ruined his once-promising career.


What is Asylum?

Asylum an ancient judicial concept, under which a person persecuted by one’s own country may be protected by another sovereign authority, such as another country.


Who is eligible for asylum?

Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.” The United Nations 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and the 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees guides national legislation concerning asylum. Under these agreements, a refugee is a person who is outside that person’s own country’s territory owing to fear of persecution on protected grounds. Protected grounds include racecastenationalityreligionpolitical opinions and membership or participation in any particular social group or social activities. 

The United States recognizes the right of asylum of individuals as specified by international and federal law.