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Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Swedish ID Numbers Open Doors for Ukrainian Refugees

Ukrainian refugees in Sweden are now eligible for personal identity numbers (personnummer) after a recent EU decision.

This change, applicable to those who have been in Sweden for at least two years, grants easier access to essential services like healthcare, education, and the job market.

The new policy allows refugees like Alina Lakotsia from Borlänge to perform everyday tasks such as sending money electronically and signing rental agreements.

For 19-year-old Nikita Mitenko, it means the opportunity to pursue vocational studies and obtain a driver's license.

The Swedish government has also improved conditions for Ukrainians, including access to language courses and subsidized employment.

This move is seen as a crucial step towards integration and independence for the nearly 40,000 Ukrainian refugees currently registered in Sweden.