Status and rights of family members


Country Report: Status and rights of family members Last updated: 21/04/21


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Family members are given a residence permit for reasons of family reunification. When in Sweden, they can apply for status as a refugee or person eligible for subsidiary protection, following the same procedure as an asylum seeker. For family members of refugees, there is the possibility to obtain a subsidy to cover travel costs to Sweden.[1] However, government funding for these costs is not sufficient so currently there is little funding available. The budget for travel grants for relatives had a low expenditure in 2020 where 30% of the budget was spent. This was due to a terminated agreement with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in 2019 with no new agreement yet reached and travel obstacles due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[2] For family members of persons with subsidiary protection the Swedish Red Cross has partial funding available but even these resources are strained at present.[3]



[1]           Förordning (1984:936) om bidrag till flyktingar för kostnader för anhörigas resor till Sverige.

[2]           Swedish Migration Agency, Annual Report 2020, , Dnr: 1.3.2-2021-1600, 19.

[3]           Swedish Red Cross, Återföreningsresor, available in Swedish 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