Accommodation for those who have protection under the Temporary Protection Directive
You can choose to arrange your own accommodation or get help from the Swedish Migration Agency. If you need help with accommodation, you must visit us personally.
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If you need help with accommodation, you cannot choose where in the country you are going to live. You can stay wherever you want if you can arrange your accommodation on your own, or with the help of private individuals or NGOs. However, where you choose to live may affect your right to financial support from the Swedish Migration Agency.
Living in your own accommodation
If you choose to arrange your accommodation yourself, you will have to pay the rent yourself. Remember to notify the Swedish Migration Agency of your address if you arrange your accommodation yourself. You can do this by sending a completed Address Notification/Change of Address (Mot93) form to your nearest Unit for Reception.
Your right to financial assistance may be affected by where you live
The Swedish Migration Agency has a list of residential areas with social and economic challenges. Anyone who chooses to live in such an area may lose their right to financial support from the Swedish Migration Agency.
Here you can find out if the address you want to move to is located in an area that may affect your right to compensation from the Swedish Migration Agency.
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Help with accommodation
If you cannot arrange your accommodation on your own, you are entitled to help from the Swedish Migration Agency, both while you are waiting for a decision and when you have received a decision on protection under the Temporary Protection Directive.
You can tell us if you need help with accommodation when you apply for a residence permit or later. If you first arrange your accommodation on your own, but your situation changes so that you later need help with accommodation, you should contact the Swedish Migration Agency by visiting your reception unit, one of the Swedish Migration Agency’ service centres or an office that receives applications for protection under the Temporary Protection Directive.
You cannot choose where to live
If you need the Swedish Migration Agency’s help with housing, you do not get to choose where you will live. You will be assigned accommodation where there are places available. Once you have told the Swedish Migration Agency's staff that you need help with accommodation, we will look for a municipality that can offer you accommodation. If you have already lived in Sweden for a while and you have started working or your children have started school, we will try to arrange for you to stay in the municipality in which you already live, but we cannot guarantee that this will be the case. You may need to move to another municipality.
It may take up to a month before you receive an offer to move to accommodations arranged by the municipality. In the meantime, you can live in one of the Swedish Migration Agency's temporary accommodations. If you decline to move to the flat offered to you by the municipality, you can arrange your accommodation on your own.
Different types of housing
Both the Swedish Migration Agency's accommodation and the accommodation offered to you by the municipality can vary. It may be a flat where you cook your own food, a room where you share a kitchen with many others, or a larger accommodation centre where the food is served in a common dining room.
Anyone who needs help can expect to share a room with other people. A family is always allowed to live together. Single people will share a room with others of the same sex, but people with special needs can be allowed to live by themselves. In accommodations shared with others, it is often forbidden to have pets.
If you have your own money, you must pay for your accommodation
If you have your own money, for example if you work or if you have other assets, you must pay for the accommodation you receive from the Swedish Migration Agency or from the municipality. How much you have to pay depends, among other things, on whether or not food is served at the accommodation.
Inform the Swedish Migration Agency about your financial situation when you ask for help with accommodation. If it emerges that you have earned money without informing the Swedish Migration Agency, you may have to pay compensation for the accommodation retroactively. That is why you should let us know right away if your financial situation changes.
You may be entitled to accommodation that is adapted to your needs if you are in a particularly vulnerable situation. This may apply, for example, if you have a disability, suffer from physical or mental illness, or are LGBTQI, pregnant or elderly. Talk to the Swedish Migration Agency about your needs as soon as possible, and we will do our best to find accommodation that is suitable for you.
Pets in the Swedish Migration Agency's accommodation
Due to the risk of allergies and infection, pets are usually not allowed in the Swedish Migration Agency's accommodation. However, in some of the Migration Agency's accommodations you can take your pet with you, provided that you can isolate your animal from other people and animals. If you have pets with you, you must tell the Swedish Migration Agency about this to ask for help with accommodation.
If you have brought a pet with you without notifying customs staff or a veterinarian at the Swedish border, you must take the animal to a veterinarian as soon as possible to assess the rabies status of the animal. Keep in mind that the animal is not allowed to meet other animals or people.
Read the Swedish Board of Agriculture's information on rules for dogs, cats and other pets from Ukraine (the information is also available in Swedish and Ukrainian) External link, opens in new window.