Temporary Protection Directive to cover more people
The Government has decided that the group of people who are entitled to a residence permit with temporary protection in Sweden will be expanded to include those who left Ukraine prior to the invasion. This applies to those who travelled to and stayed in Sweden between 30 October 2021 and 23 February 2022.
Due to the war in Ukraine, the EU Temporary Protection Directive was activated by decision of the Council of the European Union on 4 March 2022. Under this decision, the Directive applies to those who were forced to flee Ukraine on or after 24 February due to the Russian military invasion. This includes Ukrainian citizens residing in Ukraine, stateless persons and third-country citizens who have international protection in Ukraine, and their family members. It does not, however, cover those who left Ukraine prior to the invasion on 24 February 2022 due to the increased tensions and Russia’s military mobilisation.
To make it easier for those who were already in Sweden at the time of the invasion, the Government has adopted an amendment to the relevant ordinance. The amendment means that those who travelled to and stayed in Sweden between 30 October 2021 and 23 February 2022 are also included in the group who are entitled to residence permits with temporary protection, provided that they meet the requirements, e.g. being a Ukrainian citizen and resident in Ukraine.
The amendment to the ordinance will enter into force on 26 April 2022.