Status and rights of family members


Country Report: Status and rights of family members Last updated: 19/04/23


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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 2022, 105 applications for subsidies were granted by the SMA. The budget for travel grants for relatives in 2022 was SEK 3,9 million, out of which SEK 2,1 million was spent.[2] For family members of persons with subsidiary protection, during 2022 the Swedish Red Cross was able to assist 13 families (representing a total of 59 individuals) to reunite in Sweden.[3]




[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 2023.

[3] Information provided by the Swedish Red Cross via email in January 2023.

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