IOM and Sweden

The IOM Country Office in Finland is in charge of activities and operations in Finland, Sweden and Iceland. In addition, IOM Finland provides administrative and management support to the IOM offices in Denmark and Estonia.

In Sweden, the activities include Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration for victims of trafficking, economic reintegration assistance for voluntary returnees and resettlement of refugees to Sweden.

Sweden is also a donor to IOM, with a focus on the sectors of humanitarian aid, governance, democracy human rights, and gender equality.

Reintegration Cash Support

IOM Finland facilitates payment of reintegration cash support to voluntary returnees from Sweden in cooperation with the Swedish Migration Agency (Migrationsverket).

To be eligible to apply for the reintegration cash support, the following requirements must be met:

  • The returnee has received a negative decision on his/her asylum application or withdrawn the application
  • The asylum seeker is returning voluntarily and is planning to reside in the country of return 
  • The returnee is returning to Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Iraq, Liberia, Libya, Mali, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, or Yemen

The returnee may apply for reintegration cash support through their Reception Officers in Sweden, and it is the Swedish Migration Agency that makes the eligibility decision. IOM Finland only facilitates the reintegration cash support in the missions in the countries of origin.

More information on the reintegration cash support project.

Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration Programme for Victims of Trafficking and Foreign Citizens in Prostitution in Sweden (AVRRTiPP-SWE)

Since 2012 the AVRRTiPP-SWE programme has provided assistance to migrants who are exposed to trafficking in human beings and/or to prostitution in Sweden. The programme supports both EU nationals and third country nationals.

Potential beneficiaries are identified and assisted by the programme’s Swedish counterparts in cooperation with IOM Finland.

Through the programme, IOM Finland supports Swedish regional anti-trafficking coordinators, different authorities, and NGOs in planning and arranging assisted voluntary return and reintegration (AVRR) in a safe, humane and sustainable manner.  In addition to assisting beneficiaries in returning and reintegrating, IOM Finland supports their access to justice. 

More information on AVRRTiPP-SWE.

Resettlement

IOM Finland organizes the transportation for the refugees to the Nordic countries (except to Norway). This includes escorts and purchasing of clothes where needed. Before departure IOM carries out the “fitness to travel” check.

The scope of the programme is global. The programme is operated by field missions in the respective locations. IOM Finland is the programme manager.

IOM provides the services to quota refugees selected for resettlement under the framework agreement between IOM and the Swedish Migration Agency.