Many people are talking about the corona/covid-19 virus right now. The Swedish Refugee Law Center gathers information about how this affects asylum-seekers and people residing in Sweden without papers. When we receive important new information, we will update this page.
What is corona/covid-19 and how does it affect me?
Corona/covid-19 is a virus spreading all over the world. There are things you can do to lower the risk of getting the disease yourself or infecting others. You can read more about this here:
Not all people that suspect they have caught corona/covid-19 needs to see a doctor. Most people do not get critically ill from the disease. Most people experience fever, coughing, headache, the sniffles and/or general body pain. The advice in most cases is to stay at home and try to treat yourself. It is very important to not meet other people if you feel any of the symptoms listed above. This advice is the same for all people in Sweden, not just asylum-seekers or people residing in Sweden without papers.
Some people can however get critically ill from the disease. People over 70 years old and people with cardiovascular diseases, lung diseases, diabetes and/or high blood pressure are facing the highest risk of getting critically ill. People in the mentioned risk-groups may need health care more often than others. Some people with corona/covid-19 can experience breathing difficulties. That condition can need hospital care.
What happens if I suspect that I have caught corona/covid-19 and I have an appointment at the Swedish Migration Agency?
The Swedish Migration Agency has decided to paus some of the application interviews between den March 30th and April 14th.
You should not go to a meeting at the Migration Agency if you are suspecting that you have caught corona/covid-19. Common symptoms for the disease are fever and coughing. It is also common to experience headache, the sniffles and general body pain. If you have any of those symptoms, you should not meet other people. The same goes for people working at the Swedish Migration Agency.
If you feel ill, even if you just feel mildly ill, you must contact the person at the Migration Agency that booked the meeting and tell him or her that you cannot come. This will not affect your possibility to get a residence permit; you will get a new appointment when you feel better.
I am an asylum seeker/person who reside in Sweden without papers. I suspect that I have caught corona/covid-19. Can I go to the doctor?
As an adult asylum-seeker or person residing in Sweden without papers, you have the right to receive health care that can´t be delayed. If you are getting severely ill and suspect that you have caught corona/covid-19, getting treatment for your disease is an example of health care that can´t be delayed.
Asylum-seeking children or children residing in Sweden without papers has the same right to health care as Swedish citizens.
As mentioned earlier, not all people that suspect that they have caught corona/covid-19 needs to see a doctor.
If you suspect that you have caught corona/covid-19 and you need to seek medical care, it is important to inform the medical institution that you might have caught corona/covid-19. Otherwise you might infect other people. If you do not think that your condition is life-threatening, you can call the phone number 1177 and get advice. You can also take a test online to find out what kind of care you need (in Swedish). Click here to get to the test.
If you feel that your condition is life-threatening, you need to call the emergency number 112. It is important that you tell the operator that you suspect that you have caught corona/covid-19.
Do you have further questions about how corona/covid-19 may affect your asylum procedure?
Right now, Sweden is going through major changes in order to not spread corona/covid-19 any further. Schools are closing, people are losing their jobs and some people cannot enter or leave Sweden. If you have questions about how these changes may affect your asylum procedure, you are welcome to contact us. We at the Swedish Refugee Law Center will try to find answers to your questions as soon as we can.
The Swedish Migration Agency has collected answers to questions about corona/covid-19 and are providing information in different language. Click here to get to the site.
The organisation Save the children has information for children about corona/covid-19 in different languages. Click here to get to read Save the childrens information.