The reception and settlement of newly arrived persons

The County Administrative Board, the Swedish Migration Agency and the municipalities share the responsibility for the reception and settlement of newly arrived persons.

All newly arrived persons should, based on their own needs, receive professional support in order to be able to learn Swedish, start working and support themselves as soon as possible.

The County Administrative Board works to both promote municipal preparedness and capacity to receive newly arrived refugees and to support the municipalities in their planning efforts. Our role is to promote regional cooperation between municipalities, authorities and other relevant actors in planning, organising and implementing various efforts for newly arrived refugees. Also, we follow up on the municipalities’ reception capacity and preparedness as well as on how efforts for newly arrived persons are organised and implemented at both local and regional levels.

Accommodation of newly arrived persons

To improve the establishment of newly arrived individuals in the labor market, all municipalities are compelled to receive a portion of newly arrived individuals that have been granted a residence permit. The Swedish Migration Agency is responsible for the settlement assignment. Quota refugees and individuals with a residence permit, who are staying in one of the Swedish Migration Agency’s accommodations, are included in the settlement assignment.

In addition to receiving newly arrived persons that are assigned to the municipalities, many other newly arrived decide to move to the municipalities on their own. The municipalities are responsible for their own housing supply and have an obligation to plan and create prerequisites for good housing for all their residents. The County Administrative Board is responsible for supporting the municipalities and works to promote preparedness and create capacity to receive all individuals who are included in the Reception for Settlement Act’s target groups. That is, both those who are assigned to the municipalities and those that settle there on their own.

The number of newly arrived persons that each municipality is compelled to accommodate, is guided by the County Administrative Municipal Number. In turn, the municipal numbers are guided by the Government’s decision on County Numbers for each county, that is, the number of newly arrived assigned to each county during the year.

The number of newly arrived individuals, assigned to each municipality, depends on:

  • the size of the municipality
  • the situation on the labor market
  • the combined reception of newly arrived individuals and unaccompanied children
  • the number of asylum seekers already residing in the municipality.

County and Municipal Numbers for 2019PDF

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