Sweden simplifies administrative procedures for Ukrainian refugees

The Swedish government will soon allow the Migration Office to issue a coordination number (samordningsnummer) to Ukrainian refugees who have been granted a residence permit with temporary protection. A coordination number is an identification code for people who are not or have not been registered in Sweden but still need to interact with its authorities. [Shutterstock/Ruslan Lytvyn]

The Swedish government wants to make it easier for refugees from Ukraine to start working in Sweden by streamlining their administrative processes, Integration and Migration Minister Anders Ygeman announced at a press conference on Thursday.

The Swedish government will soon allow the Migration Office to issue a coordination number (samordningsnummer) to Ukrainian refugees who have been granted a residence permit with temporary protection. A coordination number is an identification code for people who are not or have not been registered in Sweden but still need to interact with its authorities.

“The persons will thus not have to go to the Tax Agency themselves and make an application,” said Ygeman during a press conference on Thursday (12 May).

The Swedish government aims to make it easier for Ukrainians who have applied for protection in Sweden to find work and earn an income. It will also facilitate contact with health care and schools.

“The proposal is intended to enter into force as soon as possible,” Ygeman said.

The government will also have the Migration Office analyse the need for measures to support Ukrainians who want to move back to their home country. The intention is that the mission will be part of a future plan for the return and reconstruction of Ukraine.

“Sweden will support those Ukrainians who want to return to their homeland, and we will be active in Ukraine’s reconstruction,” Ygeman said.

So far, 36,000 Ukrainians have applied for protection in Sweden, and the Swedish Migration Board has granted 32,400 permits.

“We have pretty much followed our main scenario of 80,000 Ukrainians seeking protection this year,” said Migration Agency Director General Mikael Ribbenvik.

However, the number of protection seekers has decreased slightly over the past week, according to Ribbenvik.

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