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Good Advice

Applying for asylum in Sweden is a difficult process if one is unaware of one’s rights and duties. We have compiled some advice, as well as references to sources of information, laws, and directions to people and organizations that can help you if you are about to seek asylum or help someone else with their asylum application. You can always contact local FARR groups or board for more help and advice.

Download FARR’s booklet Good Advice for Asylum Seekers in Sweden here!

These PDF versions in six languages are updated 2017. They include information on the current Aliens Law and the law on temporary restrictions to obtaining a residence permit in Sweden.

The versions 5.01 in English, Swedish, Spanish, Farsi, Russian and Arabic are layouted to be printed. Please observe that they should be printed with two pages at every ordinary A4 sheet of paper in your printer, or be printed on smaller A5 sheets. These language versions can be read beside each other, with the same pagination of the chapters in every language.

Click on the links below to read directly from the screen. This requires a fast internet connection.
Right-click (ctrl-click) to download the file to your computer.

Translations: Michael Williams (English), Juan-Carlos Romans (Spanish), Leo Malaxos (Arabic), Jonas Lal (Farsi, Persian) and Alexander Vårfält (Russian).

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Swedish, 2.8 mb

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Spanish, 2.8 mb

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Farsi, 2.9 mb

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Arabic, 2.8 mb

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Russian, 2.7 mb

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This is how you navigate: The headlines in the lists of content are clickable. In the PDF files left-hand menu, you can also choose to view the document headlines or the pages in miniature format. To locate the left-hand menu, you must first download the file onto your computer.

Here you can download a flyer with information about "Good Advice". Print the paper similar on both sides and cut in the middle to get two small flyers! You may also order printed flyers from


The first edition of Good Advice was produced in 2007 in cooperation with the Brotherhood Movement – Sweden's Christian social democrats, co-financed by the European Refugee Fund. In 2009, translations into Spanish and Arabic were financed by Save the Children. Good Advice was updated in 2011, in all the language versions, to reflect changes in law and precedent. At the same time, the publication was translated into English and Russian. This part of the project was paid for by Emmaus Björkå. Minor updates were also made in 2012 and 2013. In 2013 FARR commissioned a translation of the handbook into Farsi. At the end of 2014, the material was updated once again, this time as part of a higher- level course in practical humanitarian law. These revisions led to the 2015 edition. Translations were paid for by the Church of Sweden. The current edition 5 is made by FARR with financial help for translations and layout from MUCF, The Swedish Agency for Youth and Civil Society.

To be sure to receive current information, you should always check the Swedish Migration Board’s website to see whether any rules or practices have changed. You will find the Aliens Act (Utlänningslagen SFS2005:716) at



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