Asylum Seeker

Seeking asylum in Sweden? Here are some links and information that may be helpful

Protection and asylum in Sweden

Migrationsverket - Information from The Swedish Migration Board. Asylum rules, accommodation, work, financial support, medical care etc. See "From asylum application to decision" or "Frequently asked questions" for more information about the asylum process. Available in English and 19 other languages.

There are many things to think about if you apply for asylum. It is very important that you do it right from the beginning. Most important is to tell everything at the very first meeting with the Migration Board. If you are a women and have sensitive information that you don't want to tell a male desk-officer - or your husband - you can ask to see a female desk-officer, or to have the interview separately.

The Dublin Regulation

The Dublin Regulation applies in the EU's Member States and in Norway and Iceland. The Dublin regulation helps countries regulate which country will be responsible for the asylum case. This means that an asylum seeker does not have the right to choose the country to examine and analyse his/her reasons for asylum.

Asylum-seeking children

Migrationsverket - Children are defined in this context as persons under 18.


Migrationsverket - If you want to work during the time you are an asylum seeker, you must have a certificate exempting you from the obligation to have a work permit (AT-UND). If you have been refused asylum you can apply for a work permit. You can do this only when you no longer can appeal against the the decision on deportation (it has gained legal force).

Applying for a work permit

Migrationsverket - If you have been an asylum seeker and have received a decision of refused entry that has come into force you can apply for a work permit when you are in Sweden. You must submit your application to the Swedish Migration Board within two weeks from the time your decision came into force.


Vårdguiden - All children in Sweden have the same right to get health, medical and dental care. This includes children who are asylum-seekers or who are living in hiding. Adult asylum-seekers are entitled to some health and medical care services. Here you find information about health in English and many other languages.