The Swedish Migration Board announced on Tuesday 3 September that it will grant permanent residence permit to Syrians who currently hold 3 years temporary residence permits. This decision is based on a re-assessment of the security situation in Syria, which is now "extreme and marked by general violence", the Migration Board said.
Approximately 8,000 Syrians will be able to apply for a permanent residence permit. Since the beginning of 2012, 14.700 Syrians have applied for asylum in Sweden, Sweden being one of the main countries of destination of Syrian asylum seeker in the EU. About half of them were granted permanent residence permits while the other half was granted temporary permits.
Syrians holding permanent residence permits will also be allowed to apply for family reunification.
For further information:
- Migrationsverket (Swedish Migration Board), Nytt rättsligt ställningstagande om Syrien öppnar för fler permanenta uppehållstillstånd (New legal position on Syria opens to more residence permits), 3 September 2013
- The Local, Sweden offers residency to all Syrian refugees, 3 September 2013
- AIDA, Country Report Sweden - Treatment of specific nationalities