Repatriation

If you have been given a residence permit for Sweden as a refugee, a person in need of protection, on humanitarian grounds, or have been included in the refugee quota and want to return to your country of origin, you may be eligible for a grant from the Swedish Migration Agency.

If you are considering or have decided to move back to your country of origin, you can find out here what grant you can get and what you should think about. In certain cases, you can receive a grant even if you move to a country other than your country of origin.

Travel grant

You may be entitled to a travel grant if you have been given a residence permit for Sweden as a refugee, person in need of protection, a quota refugee, or in extremely or particularly distressing circumstances. You cannot get a grant if you have become a Swedish citizen.

You must be able to show that you have

  • a valid national passport
  • an address in the country you are moving to
  • a permit to reside in a country other than your country of origin, if you plan to move to that country
  • a visa for those countries you will pass through on your journey home, if required.

You must also give an account of your debts and assets in Sweden, your country of origin and the other country you are moving to. You must pay your debts in Sweden, or make a special agreement or payment plan with the person you have borrowed the money from.

Family members

Your family members may receive a travel grant if they have been given a residence permit in connection with yourself. A husband, wife, cohabiting partner and children under 18 all count as family members. You must also be able to show that you are unable to pay for your own and your family’s travel fare yourself.

If there are special grounds, your cohabiting partner or other close relative living with you may be entitled to a grant from the Swedish Migration Agency.

If you are given a travel grant

If you are given a travel grant to move to another country, your permanent residence permit will be revoked when you leave Sweden.

Submit an application

You can apply for a travel grant by completing the form Application for a grant to
travel from Sweden to take up residence in another country.

Application for a grant to travel from Sweden to take up residence in another country, number 4453PDF

Send the application to

The Swedish Migration Agency
Travel grant
601 70 Norrköping

What should be enclosed

When you send the application form, you should also enclose the following

  • copies of pages in your passport showing the period of validity and your personal data. If your family are travelling with you, you should also enclose copies of their passports
  • a copy of the final tax assessment from the Swedish Tax Agency for yourself and members of your family who are over the age of 18
  • written consent. If you have joint custody and the children are leaving the country with a parent, then the parent remaining in Sweden must give their consent
  • a copy of any agreement or payment plan if you have any debts
  • a copy of a decision or similar document that shows you have the right to reside in the country you are moving to (if you are not moving back to your country of origin).

Travel costs and cash

In addition to a grant for travel costs, you may receive a grant in cash. The maximum amount you can get is SEK 10,000 for each adult person and a maximum of SEK 5,000 for each child under 18. A family can get a maximum of SEK 40,000 in cash in total.

You can get a grant for travel by plane, train, bus or your own car. You cannot get a grant to visit your country of origin or to transport furniture.

How the grant is paid

The money is paid to you personally by postal order.

Moving from Sweden

Once the Swedish Migration Agency has made a decision, you will be notified of this by post. You will need to go to your local tax office and notify them of your permanent move. You will then need to send a copy of this notification to the Swedish Migration Agency. The Swedish Migration Agency will then pay the grant, book the travel and send the ticket to your home.

Let us know in good time what date you wish to travel, so that the journey can be
arranged as you would like.

Would you like to know more?

If you have any queries about the grant for taking up residence in another country, you can visit any of the Swedish Migration Agency’s local offices, or send an email to the Swedish Migration Agency’s travel grant section.

Telephone Number: 010-485 92 36

Address:
The Swedish Migration Agency
Administration Unit
601 70 NORRKÖPING

Fax number: 011-23 98 39

Common questions and answers about travel grants

  • Does the whole family have to move at the same time?

    No, your grant is paid out when you leave Sweden. If someone in your family stays behind, the grant is paid for that person when he or she leaves Sweden.

  • What happens to my permanent residence permit (PUT) if I move?

    The Swedish Migration Agency revokes your PUT when you move to take up residence in another country.

  • Can I get a new residence permit if I move back to Sweden?

    You can apply for a residence permit again. The application should be submitted to the nearest Swedish consulate or embassy. The permit must be in place before you enter Sweden.

    When the Swedish Migration Agency examines applications for residence permits, it assesses what connection you have with Sweden. We weigh up how long you have lived in Sweden with a residence permit and how long you have lived in your country of origin or another country. It is not important to the processing of the application if you have received a travel grant from the Swedish Migration Agency.

    Examples of what the Swedish Migration Agency looks at:

    • If you have been absent from Sweden for less than one year, you may be granted a residence permit even if you lived in Sweden for a short time before you moved.
    • If you have been absent from Sweden for between one and three years, you must have lived in Sweden for four years previously with a residence permit, to be entitled to a new residence permit.
    • If you have been absent from Sweden for longer than three years, you may only be granted a new residence permit if you have lived a lot longer (10 - 15 years) in Sweden with a residence permit.
    • If you have married after moving back to your country of origin, you cannot normally expect to be given a new residence permit for Sweden because you lived here previously.

Last updated: 2019-09-05

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