Forms of support

If you have to return to your country of origin, you may apply for support to help you to return to society again. This support is arranged by an organisation in your country of origin and is provided within the European collaboration project ERRIN (European Return and Reintegration Network).

The forms of support you may be entitled to are mainly services leading to employment and helping you to provide for yourself, and they are adapted to your needs.

You are entitled to the support if you have to return to any of the following:

Afghanistan, Iraq (Kurdistan), Iraq (central and southern), Morocco, Pakistan, Nigeria.

You can receive the support if you are returning to Afghanistan, Morocco, Nigeria and central and southern Iraq of your own accord or forcibly. You can only receive the support if you are returning to Kurdistan or Pakistan of your own accord.

Forms of support

The forms of support offered to you if you are returning are adapted to your needs and can include

  • reception on arrival at the airport in your country of origin
  • temporary accommodation
  • allowance for setting up your own home
  • help with getting onto the job market
  • education (including vocational training)
  • job advice
  • support in contact with the authorities
  • legal advice
  • medical care.

Conditions for entitlement to the support

You are entitled to the support, whether you are a child or an adult, if you

  • have had your application for asylum rejected, or if you have withdrawn your application for asylum in Sweden
  • are likely to be received in the country you intend to return to and are planning to reestablish yourself there
  • are staying in Sweden when you apply.

You are not entitled to the support if an order has been made to deport you.

Application and decision

You can apply for the support when you have had your application for asylum rejected, or when you have withdrawn your application for asylum. If your case is being handled by the Swedish Migration Agency, you will need to apply through your Reception Officer and it will then be the Swedish Migration Agency that decides whether you are entitled to the support or not. If your case is being handled by the Police, you need to apply to the Police, who will make a decision. This decision cannot be appealed.

The amount of the support

If you choose to return of your own accord, you can receive support in the amount of EUR 2,500. If the Police have accepted responsibility for your expulsion or deportation, you may in some countries receive support equivalent to a total of EUR 2,000. If you are a child without a custodian, the amount is not reduced if the Police have assumed responsibility for your expulsion or deportation.

Further information about the support

You can find further information about the support by contacting the organisation that arranges the support in your country of origin. The organisation can tell you more about what the various forms of support are and what you can expect when you return.

If you want to apply for the support, you can contact the organisation concerned by phone or email before you leave Sweden to request further information. Contact details can be found in the information leaflets the organisation has produced.

Last updated: 18 September 2019

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