Sweden

The broader context (2011-14)

Total asylum applications by Syrian nationals

55,835

Percentage share of total Syrian asylum applications submitted in European countries (EU and EEA)

26.2%

Syrian asylum applications per capita 

0.58%

Recognition rate

93.33%

Humanitarian aid for Syria and neighbouring countries

€120,594,829

Percentage share of humanitarian aid contributed by European countries

4.49%

 

Swedish resettlement for Syrian refugees 2013-2016

Year

Annual quota

Number of places reserved for refugees from Syria

Dossier submissions

Of which emergency cases

Selection mission location (number of persons selected)

Arrivals to date (number and

nationality)

2012

1900

112

Not available

Not available

Not available

112 (Syrian)

2013

1900

450

250

3

200 Jordan

376 (362 Syrian/14 stateless)

2014

1900

750

650

 

21

Jordan (100)

480 (440 Syrian/40 stateless Palestinians)

2015

1900

750

550

 

0

Lebanon (200)

62 (50 Syrian/12 stateless)

2016

1900

750

-

-

-

-

Total

 

9500

2812

1450

 

500

1030

 

After Germany, Sweden hosts the second largest Syrian refugee population in Europe. Since  September 2013, in recognition of the absence of any foreseeable solution to the conflict in Syria, Swedish authorities have granted all asylum seekers from Syria permanent residency, including the right to work and to apply for family reunification.  From 2013 to the early part of 2015, the Swedish Migration Agency (SMA) chaired the Syria Core Group, playing a lead role in engaging states round the world in offering resettlement and admission places for Syrians.

In 2012, Sweden allocated 112 places from within its annual resettlement quota of 1900  to Syrian refugees. Almost 3.000 Syrians and refugees ex Syria were resettled between 2012 and 2016 upon referral by UNHCR, making an average of just under 30 % of the annual resettlement quotas within that time period. 

Approximately 75% of Syrian cases selected for resettlement to Sweden have been selected via UNHCR dossier submission, with the remainder via in-country selection missions. Syrians have been selected from all countries in the region, and 64 of the 2812 places provided were allocated to Palestinians and stateless persons ex-Syria.  At March 2015, 1030 persons had arrived into Sweden.  Average time periods between selection and departure are generally 7 days for emergency cases,[1] and within 6 months for other cases.

Over the last 2 years, however, arrivals have slowed due to housing shortages in municipalities, in part due to the increased number of asylum seekers also requiring accommodation. To address these challenges, the SMA in cooperation with 5 of the 21 County Administrative Boards (CABs - regional agencies of the national government) established the SMAK project.  SMAK aims to improve settlement capacity and quality, in particular for vulnerable persons, through analysis and mapping of existing capacities and by developing and testing new models for settlement.

In addition to resettlement, in 2014 700 Syrians granted employment visas arrived into Sweden, the majority to work in the catering industry. Smaller numbers have been granted humanitarian visas to travel to Sweden for emergency medical treatment.  A small university scholarship programme for Syrian students, coordinated by the public agency the Swedish Institute, enabled 30 Syrians to arrive into Sweden to study during 2014-15.. The programme ran an online application process targeting highly qualified Syrian students, and scholarships cover tuition and living expenses during 12-month study programme.



[1] The Swedish annual resettlement quota programme reserves an annual sub-quota of 350 places for emergency cases.

 

Recognition: 
76.60
Applicants: 
81 325
CountryID: 
16
Syrian Applicants: 
30 745
Syrian Recognition: 
99.82