This page contains information for children who come to Sweden without a legal guardian. Here you will find information about the trip to Sweden, how you will live, what support you can get and also how you can be reunited with your family.
Information for children travelling to Sweden without their parents
You have received a permanent residence permit in Sweden and will soon travel there. The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) will give you information about what you need to take with you on your trip to Sweden. If you have identity documents (such as a national passport, identity card or birth certificate) or other important documents (such as school certificates, school grades, health cards, or close relatives’ death certificates), bring the original documents with you.
What will happen on the first day?
The IOM is responsible for ensuring that you arrive safely in Sweden. You will travel to Sweden by airplane, and upon arrival you may need to continue your journey to your new home by plane, train or car. A person who works at the municipality will meet you at the airport and accompany you to the place where you will be living. The Swedish authorities will pay for your travel costs and your costs during the journey. They will also cover the cost of transport, food and housing once you have arrived in Sweden.
In Sweden, all children have the right to education and it is free of charge. In Sweden, all children must undergo compulsory schooling from kindergarten through secondary school. This means that you must go to school and participate in the teaching five days a week. To become an active participant in Swedish society and to later be able to get a job, you need to learn Swedish. During school hours, you can talk to your teacher or school counsellor if you need help or are unsure about something. After school, there will be time to do your homework or devote yourself to your interests or hobbies. In Sweden, once you turn 16 years old you can also work after school hours and during the holidays.
In Sweden, children receive free healthcare. If you become ill, you can talk to a doctor or other healthcare professional about the problems you are having. They are sworn to secrecy and are therefore not allowed to tell anyone what you have said. Contact your school nurse or health centre if you want to see a doctor.
You can find your nearest healthcare provider here: https://www.1177.se/hitta-vard/ (in swedish) External link, opens in new window.