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. 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. For family members of persons with subsidiary protection the Swedish Red Cross has partial funding available but even these resources are strained at present.
 Förordning (1984:936) om bidrag till flyktingar för kostnader för anhörigas resor till Sverige.
 Swedish Migration Agency, Annual Report 2020, , Dnr: 1.3.2-2021-1600, 19.