Status and rights of family members

Sweden

Country Report: Status and rights of family members Last updated: 10/06/22

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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] In 2021, 140 applications for subsidies were granted. The budget for travel grants for relatives had a low expenditure in 2021, when only 1,5 million SEK of the 9,5 million SEK budget was spent. The Migrations Agency had a travel agreement with BCD Travel.[2] For family members of persons with subsidiary protection, the Swedish Red Cross had partial funding available during the last six months of 2021, assisting seven families (51 individuals) to reunite in Sweden, but even these resources are strained at present.[3]

For family members of persons with subsidiary protection, the Swedish Red Cross had partial funding available during the last six months of 2021, assisting seven families (51 individuals) to reunite in Sweden.[4]

 

 

 

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

[2] Information provided by Migration Agency via e-mail in January 2022

[3] Information provided by the Swedish Red Cross via email in January 2022

[4] Information provided by the Swedish Red Cross via email in January 2022.

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