The Swedish Red Cross offers information and legal advice support on asylum and family reunification cases through a free-of-charge number (020-415 000). If deemed a prioritised case, applicants can book an appointment to see a case worker or a lawyer. Swedish Red Cross lawyers, based in Stockholm, Malmö and Gothenburg, sometimes act as legal counsel, mostly in cases within Red Cross prioritised areas such as family reunification, need of protection due to risk of torture or gender persecution.
The Swedish Refugee Law Center provides advice and individual case support in asylum and family reunification cases. This includes legal advice through a free-of-charge number (0200-88 00 66), email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and via their website, acting as legal counsels in proceedings at the Migration Agency, the Migration Courts and in international processes. The Swedish Refugee Law Center also has a specific support for children with a dedicated free-of-charge number (0200-75 17 03) and email (email@example.com). Other NGOs offering advice and support to asylum-seekers include Amnesty International and Caritas Sweden.
There are some refugee groups that have formed their own organisations to support asylum seekers. One is the Swedish branch of the International Federation of Iranian Refugees (IFRS). Unaccompanied children have also organised themselves in two different associations which provide advice and support to newly arrived unaccompanied children. A third organisation called Ung i Sverige (Young in Sweden) was formed in 2017 which organised a series of protests and sit-ins in central areas of Stockholm against deportations to Afghanistan but also raised other issues relevant to the situation of unaccompanied children such as finding appropriate housing for young asylum applicants who were judged as being over 18 and forced out of their accommodation to live in a town very distant from their current school. The spokesperson for this movement, a young Afghan woman named Fatemeh Khavari, has received a number of awards for her courage and leadership.
UNHCR has an office in Stockholm, covering the Nordics and the Baltics. UNHCR’s operations in Sweden are primarily focused on advocacy and capacity building efforts.