New laws in 2016

The Swedish Parliament has adopted legislative changes that affect asylum seekers and people applying for a residence permit to move to a family member in Sweden.

Since 1 June a person who has applied for asylum and received a refusal of entry or expulsion order is no longer entitled to accommodation and daily allowance from the Swedish Migration Agency.

On 21 June the Swedish Parliament adopted a new law that will limit asylum seekers' possibilities of being granted residence permits and the possibility for the applicant's family to come to Sweden. The new law entered into force on 20 July and will be valid for three years.

News

  • 2016-07-20

    20 July 2016: New law that affects asylum seekers and their families

    The Swedish Parliament has adopted a new law which limits asylum seekers' possibilities of being granted residence permits and being reunited with their families. The new law entered into force on 20 July 2016, but it will also affect those who applied for asylum before 20 July. The new law is temporary and will apply for three years.
  • 2016-07-01

    The Riksdag (the Swedish Parliament) has decided to temporarily restrict the possibility of being granted a residence permit in Sweden

    On 21 June, the Riksdag decided to temporarily restrict the possibility of being granted a residence permit in Sweden. The new law, which enters into force on 20 July, means that a person who is in need of protection will be granted a temporary residence permit. It will also mean maintenance and housing requirements for more people than previously.
  • 2016-06-22

    Information film about legislative changes which will come into force on 20 July

    The Swedish Parliament has passed a temporary law that will limit asylum seekers' possibility to obtain a residence permit and to be reunited with their families. The law will enter into force on 20 July and will be valid for three years.
  • 2016-05-17

    Legislative changes that will affect asylum seekers

    Sweden's Government has proposed two legislative changes which may take effect in the summer of 2016. One of the proposals is that those who have applied for asylum and received a deportation order shall no longer have the right to accommodation or a daily allowance from the Migration Agency. The other proposal involves limiting the asylum seekers' possibility to obtain a residence permit and to be reunited with their families.

Last updated: 26 August 2016