Latest news from the Swedish Migration Board
  1. On 1 June, new rules for labour immigration will come into effect. The new rules include the introduction of a requirement for an employment contract and the obligation of employers to report any deterioration of the terms of employment. The purpose of the changes now being introduced is to counteract the exploitation of workers and to attract and retain international competence.
  2. There is currently sufficient temporary housing to cover the immediate needs of people seeking protection in Sweden. At the same time, work on the procurement of more long-term accommodation is continuing. ”I am full of praise for all those who have responded quickly and helped to organise housing,” says Magnus Önnestig, Director at the Swedish Migration Agency.
  3. As a result of a campaign to combat organised crime, in 2021, the Swedish Migration Agency took more decisions to reject and withdraw residence permits. A report that has just been submitted to the government shows that the joint actions taken last year have also led to good results for other Swedish authorities as well.
  4. The rapid increase in people applying for protection from the war in Ukraine means that the Swedish Migration Agency’s housing situation is very strained. “In this situation, our entire society needs to help out. Municipalities, NGOs and civil society in general - your support is needed,” says Mikael Ribbenvik, Director-General of the Swedish Migration Agency.
  5. The Swedish Migration Agency has a major need for more housing places. The reason is the rapid increase in people from Ukraine who are now seeking to come to Sweden to escape the war in their country of origin. According to a request submitted to the county administrative boards, 3,000 new places are needed immediately, as well as an additional 9,000 places as a matter of urgency.
  6. On Thursday, the EU moved to activate the Temporary Protection Directive. This means that persons from Ukraine will be offered immediate and temporary residence and work permits in EU Member States*.
  7. Following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the Swedish Migration Agency has decided to not carry out deportations to the country. The Agency will also not make decisions on asylum cases that concern applicants from Ukraine.
  8. The application period for residence status is now coming to an end. British citizens have until 31 December 2021 to secure the right to stay in Sweden through this right of residence. "We recommend that anyone who has not submitted their application for residence status do so as soon as possible," says Jonas Colling, Brexit coordinator at the Swedish Migration Agency.
  9. The Swedish Migration Agency has adopted a new judicial position on Afghanistan, based on the Country Guidance of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO). In connection with this, previous decisions on enforcement and decision halts are being withdrawn.
  10. Let us stop labour exploitation. That is the main message of the information campaign that the Swedish Migration Agency, together with seven other government agencies, is launching today, 2 November.
  11. On 1 October, the Swedish Migration Agency is beginning a new social introduction for asylum seekers. – The Swedish Migration Agency is positive to now be able to offer information to asylum seekers, says Anna-Johanna Viking, Process Manager at the Swedish Migration Agency.
  12. British citizens and their family members will be given an additional three months to apply for residence status. The Swedish Government has decided to keep the application period open until the end of the year.
  13. Temporary residence permits will be the norm, more people must be able to support themselves, and the law on upper secondary level studies is becoming its own separate law. These are the main differences now that the changes to the Aliens Act are entering into force. – The changes to the law are extensive and affect virtually all our applicants in different ways, depending on the type of residence permit you have and the length of the permit, says Director-General Mikael Ribbenvik.
  14. The transition period that began when the withdrawal agreement came into force on 1 of February 2020 ended on 31 of December. This means that the rules for third-country nationals now apply to British citizens who want to move to Sweden.