Sweden permits more than 17,000 residence permits in May


Swedish Migration Agency granted 17,130 residence permits in May; around 22.8% of permits were issued this year which amounts to 74,935.

According to the Agency’s monthly report, most of these permits were issued to workers. A total of 7,470 or 43.6 percent of all permits.


Moreover, over 37 percent of all work permits issued so far this year were recorded in May alone, accounting for 7,470 out of the total of 20,099, as per the reports.

The second reason for granting the residence permits throughout the month is asylum, including applicants under the Temporary Protection Directive, representing all incoming people fleeing the war in Ukraine.

Furthermore, 5,598 residence permits were granted to asylum seekers, representing 14.5 per cent of all permits issued by the beginning of the year under such claims. In addition, permits granted to asylum applicants represented 32.6 per cent of all permits issued in May.

However, these rates had dropped considerably compared to data from April, when 12,608 permits were issued to asylum seekers in one month alone. In general, the number of residence permits granted in May has decreased compared to the previous month by 13 per cent – from 19,367 to 17,130.

Furthermore, the number of residence permits granted to applicants for family reunification slightly increased in May – from 2,025 in April to 2,216, representing 9.4 per cent.

In addition, all residence permits issued under such claims in May represented 22.1 per cent of the total of 10,010 issued since the beginning of 2022.


The number of residence permits issued to European nationals from the Member States was also higher in May – increasing from 684 issued permits to 804, representing 23.8 per cent of the total.

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