Information regarding the situation in Ukraine
The security situation in Ukraine has deteriorated severely following Russia’s invasion, and many people are now leaving Ukraine and entering neighbouring countries and Sweden. On this page you will find information about the situation in Ukraine, and links to more information on our website. The page is continuously updated.
Information for persons coming to Sweden from Ukraine
If you are a citizen of Ukraine, and have a passport or other ID document, you can apply for protection for you and your family who are in Sweden, via an e-service. On our website you will find information on who is entitled to protection under the Temporary Protection Directive and how to apply. Follow the link in this box. There you will also find information on how the Swedish Migration Agency can help you with housing and financial support and what rights you have in Sweden if you receive a residence permit. Those who are covered by the Temporary Protection Directive will be able to apply for an extension of their residence permit. More information on how to apply will be available well in advance of 4 March.
Statistics about the Temporary Protection Directive
Om our website you will find current statistics about how many from Ukraine are seeking permit according to the Temporary Protection Directive or seeking asylum in Sweden. The statistics are updated daily.
Ukrainian citizens can stay in Sweden for 90 days without a permit
Ukrainian citizens need no entry visa to travel within the Schengen area. This means that a Ukrainian citizen who can present a valid biometric passport at the Swedish border can stay here without an entry visa for up to 90 days.
Ukrainian citizens who do not have a biometric passport have the right to enter and stay in Sweden for 90 days with a Schengen visa.
Residence permit in accordance with the EU’s Temporary Protection Directive
The Temporary Protection Directive means that Ukrainian citizens and persons who are refugees or have subsidiary protection in Ukraine and have left Ukraine as a result of the Russian invasion can get a temporary residence permit in Sweden.
A person who has received a permit will have the possibility to get help with food and housing, have the right to work, the right to seek basic care, the right to schooling for children, and certain financial support in Sweden.
The directive applies to
- Ukrainian citizens who were residents of Ukraine
- persons with residence permit as a refugee or have subsidiary protection status in Ukraine
- accompanying family members of the above two.
To be covered by the directive, you must have come to Sweden on 30 October 2021 or later and not already have a residence permit that allows you to register with the Swedish population register.
A person from Ukraine will in the first instance be granted a residence permit in accordance with the Temporary Protection Directive.
A person in need of protection, who does not fulfil the requirements for a permit in accordance with the Temporary Protection Directive, can apply for asylum. An application for asylum is always examined individually. Among other things, there will be several investigative interviews during the application process.
Suspension of decisions and enforcement for Ukrainian citizens
Due to the altered security situation in the country, the Swedish Migration Agency has decided to suspend the enforcement of decisions regarding applicants from Ukraine. This means that for now, no refusal of entry or deportation decisions will be enforced with regard to people from Ukraine. If you have received a refusal of entry or deportation decision, you are allowed to remain in Sweden as long as the suspension of enforcement remains in place. This applies regardless of whether you have applied for asylum, a work permit, or some other type of permit.
The Swedish Migration Agency has also suspended its enforcement of decisions in asylum cases by applicants from Ukraine, in response to the security situation. This means that decisions will not be made for as long as the enforcement of decisions is suspended. In special cases, decisions can still be made, for example if the applicant will be affected legally by the suspension (for example if he or she is about to turn 18).
The suspension of decisions does not affect the possibility of being granted a residence permit under the EU’s Temporary Protection Directive. The Swedish Migration Agency also continues to make decisions in other types of cases concerning Ukrainian citizens, for example in cases related to work or family ties, for those who are not covered by the Temporary Protection Directive.
The suspension of enforcement and decisions is temporary but applies until further notice.
For those who want to help people fleeing Ukraine
The Swedish Migration Agency get many questions from private individuals, organisations and companies who want to help Ukrainian refugees in the light of the deteriorating security situation in the country.
Many turn to The Swedish Migration Agency to offer clothes, toys or other donations. We do not have the ability to take care of any donations, but instead refer you to local aid organisations to see what help is required or if collections are organised. The same goes for private persons who offer room and accommodation to refugees. The Swedish Migration Agency does not place applicants in private individuals' homes.
From 1 July, the municipalities are responsible for arranging accommodation for people from Ukraine in need of protection.
Increased risk of violence, oppression and human trafficking
At times when many people are fleeing an armed conflict, the risk of being subject to violence increases. This means that the people fleeing the war in Ukraine, especially women and children, are at risk of being exploited.
Contact the Swedish Police if you suspect that someone is the victim of a crime. If the situation is urgent, call 112. If the situation is non-urgent, call +46 77 114 14 00.