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If you have nowhere to live while you wait for the decision on the matter of your asylum, the Swedish Migration Agency can help you. You can also choose to arrange for the accommodation yourself, for instance you can live temporarily with your relatives or friends. If you arrange your own accommodation, you must submit your address so that the agency can contact you.

Accommodation with the Migration Agency

The Migration Agency offers a temporary accommodation while you wait for your decision. The agency will pay for your accommodation if you do not have money.

You will receive an accommodation based on availability

If you need the agency's help for accommodation, you are not entitled to choose; rather you should be willing to move to a place where accommodation is available. It is also probable that while you wait for your decision, you may have to move to a new home in order to make room for more applicants.

Sharing an accommodation

The agency’s accommodation is only for asylum seekers. If you have been offered a place for accommodation, the place is applicable only to you. The accommodation is often a flat which is shared with others. A family always gets a separate room. Single people may share a room with other people of the same sex.

If you, for some reason, need a specially suited accommodation, you must talk to your reception centre. The Migration Agency maintains that everyone living in the accommodation must feel safe in it. It is important for all residents to respect each other and show each other consideration, irrespective of their religion, culture or sexual orientation.

Talk to your accommodation officer as soon as possible if you are an LGBTQ person and have special needs with respect to your accommodation. We will do what we can to find a solution that feels safe and good for you.

The right to housing ceases

You must move from your accommodation if you have received a rejection or a decision on expulsion and the decision has come into effect, or when your period for voluntary departure has expired.

This applies to you as an adult, not living with a child under 18, who you are a guardian for.

Own accommodation

If you do not want to live in the accommodation provided by the Migration Agency, you can find an accommodation yourself. Many choose to live with friends or relatives while they wait for a response to their application for asylum. If you choose to arrange your own accommodation, you have to pay for it.

If for some reason, you cannot stay in the house that you have arranged, you can move to one of the agency's available accommodations. For more information, contact the reception centre where you are registered.

Regardless of where you choose to live – the agency's accommodation or the one that you have arranged yourself – you must be available so that the Migration Agency can contact you. Remember to notify your reception centre of your new address if you relocate during the waiting period.

If you are allowed to stay

You who have lived in the agency’s accommodation can receive help from the Migration Agency to find a new accommodation when you have received your residence permit. You may stay in the agency's accommodation until we have found a new accommodation for you. If you live in your own accommodation or receive a residence permit due to work, you have to arrange for a new accommodation yourself.

Read more about what happens if you receive a permanent residence permit

Read more about what happens if you receive a temporary residence permit

Last updated: 24 August 2017

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