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 Joint Reintegration Service, JRS.
Extended support to Iraqi returnees
Iraqi returnees have the possibility to apply for extended support. As of June 2023, anyone returning voluntarily to Iraq can apply for support equivalent to an amount of EUR 5,000/person. The extended support applies for a limited period, until 31 January 2024. The possibility of applying for the support also applies to those who previously had a negative attitude towards returning, but who now choose to return voluntarily.
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:
Armenia, Bangladesh, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Iraq, Jordan, Mongolia, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Somalia, Somaliland, The Democratic Republic of Kongo and The Gambia.
People who return by force (that is, with the Police) to Armenia and Mongolia can currently not receive this support.
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 business
- 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- have had your application for asylum rejected, or if you have withdrawn your application for asylum in Sweden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You can apply for the support when you have had your application for asylum rejected, or when you have withdrawn your application for asylum.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 parent/legal guardian, the amount is not reduced if the Police have assumed responsibility for your expulsion or deportation.
You can also receive a post-arrival support, adapted to your needs, to be used during the first three days after your arrival home. The support is EUR 615 per person and you can choose how to use the support.
Further information about the support
If you want more information before you apply for the support, you can contact the organisation concerned by phone or email before you leave Sweden. Contact details can be found in the information leaflets that you can order via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.