Registration of the asylum application


Country Report: Registration of the asylum application Last updated: 10/06/22


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The Migration Agency is the only authority responsible for registering an asylum application. Asylum applications can be made at designated offices of the Migration Agency in Stockholm (Sundbyberg and Märsta), Gävle, Boden, Norrköping, Gothenburg and Malmö. If a person seeks asylum at an airport or port, they are referred to the Migration Agency.

In 2021, 11,412  preliminary applications for international protection were lodged in Sweden. This marks a decrease of 12% compared to 2020, where 12,991 applications were lodged. This is mainly due to the impact of COVID-19, as travel restrictions made it difficult to reach Sweden. Nevertheless, the possibility to apply for asylum was maintained throughout the year despite the Covid-19 situation.

In 2021, 11,419 applications were lodged in Sweden, with the majority being lodged in Stockholm (5,408), in Malmö (2,263) and in Gothenburg (2,120). [1]

Applications lodged by location: 2021
Locations Number of applicants
Arlanda 993
Boden 76
Borås 6
Flen 12
Gävle 1
Gothenburg 2,120
Halmstad 14
Jönköping 1
Kramfors 7
Kristianstad 32
Malmö 2,263
Mariestad 1
Norrköping 46
Skellefteå 18
Stockholm 5,408
Sundsvall 152
Umeå 8
Uppsala 56
Vänersborg 18
Västerås 33
Växjö 35
Åstorp 17
Örebro 47
Other 55
Total 11,419

Source: Swedish Migration Agency, Applications for asylum received 2021, available at:


There are no specific time limits laid down in law within which a claim must be made. In reality, however, if a late claim is made, the applicant must put forward reasons for the delay during the asylum interview, and risks having his or her credibility called into question for not having sought protection earlier.

There have been no problems reported for asylum seekers regarding the registration of their claim in practice in 2021, i.e. registration remained accessible during COVID-19.




[1] Swedish Migration Agency, Applications for asylum received 2021, available at:

Table of contents

  • Statistics
  • Overview of the legal framework
  • Overview of the main changes since the previous report update
  • Asylum Procedure
  • Reception Conditions
  • Detention of Asylum Seekers
  • Content of International Protection
  • ANNEX – I Transposition of the CEAS in national legislation