As a general rule, you must be able to support yourself financially. If you do not earn your own money or have other assets, you can apply for financial support from the Swedish Migration Agency. You are entitled to financial support from the day that the Swedish Migration Agency has registered your application for protection under the Temporary Protection Directive. The money you receive from the Swedish Migration Agency is intended to cover your food, clothes and personal expenses.
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You can apply for financial support when you visit a Swedish Migration Agency office or by submitting an application form to the Swedish Migration Agency by post. If you are also applying for financial support for your children, you must fill in one form per person. The Swedish Migration Agency can grant financial support at the earliest from the day you apply for it.
If you are getting financial support from the Swedish Migration Agency, it is important you tell the Swedish Migration Agency if your financial situation changes, for example, if you get a job, or if you change accommodation. Changing your address may mean that the level of your allowance needs to be changed. While you are receiving a daily allowance from us, it is a criminal offence if you do not inform us that you are earning money.
You can apply for two different forms of financial support from the Swedish Migration Agency: daily allowance and special allowance.
The daily allowance is different depending on whether you live in Swedish Migration Agency accommodation where food is included or in one where food is not included. The amount of the daily allowance is also affected if you choose to arrange your accommodation yourself.
In accommodation where food is included, the daily allowance is
- 24 SEK/day for a single adult
- 19 SEK/day per person for adults sharing household expenses
- 12 SEK/day for children up to and including the age of 17 years.
In accommodation where food is not included, the daily allowance is
- 71 SEK/day for a single adult
- 61 SEK/day per person for adults sharing household expenses
- 37 SEK/day for children aged 0–3 years.
- 43 SEK/day for children aged 4–10 years.
- 50 SEK/day for children aged 11–17 years.
Families with more than two children receive full daily allowance for the two oldest children and half a daily allowance for the other children.
In addition to food, the daily allowance needs to cover clothing and shoes, medical care and medicine, dental care, hygiene items, other consumables and leisure activities.
If you have a great need for something that is not covered by the daily allowance, you can apply for a special grant for it. You must prove that you have a great need for the item or service and that you cannot pay for it yourself. For example, it could be glasses, a pram or warm winter shoes. The Swedish Migration Agency will always make an individual assessment of your need.
You can only get a grant for the cheapest options required to meet the need.
Your right to a special grant may be affected if you move to your own accommodation in an area that is on the Swedish Migration Agency's list of areas with social and economic challenges.
If you are granted daily allowance from the Swedish Migration Agency, you will receive a bank card that is linked to the account where the money is put in. Only the Swedish Migration Agency can put money into this account. If you want to open a Swedish bank account where, for example, an employer can put in money, you must contact a Swedish bank.
Decision on financial support
Once the Swedish Migration Agency has made a decision on financial support, you will be informed of the decision
- through a case officer at your Unit for Reception or
- through a system called simplified notification.
Simplified notification means the Swedish Migration Agency will send the decision in an ordinary letter to the address where you have said you live. The following day, we will send another letter to the same address with information that we have sent the decision. We do this to reduce the risk of a mistake. In this way, the Swedish Migration Agency considers that you have received the decision (been served) two weeks after we sent it to you. After that, you have three weeks to appeal the decision.
Remember to check your mail/post regularly.