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2. Voluntary Activities

2.10 Current debates and reforms

Last update: 28 November 2023

Legal framework applying to foreign volunteers

Sweden has recently amended the regulations in the Aliens law, in accordance with the Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council. The aim is to offer a coherent legal framework for different categories of third-country nationals coming to the Union. Third-country nationals who have entered into an agreement with an organisation in Sweden to participate in a volunteer programme within the framework of European Voluntary Service, are now granted a residence permit for volunteering for stays of up to one year.

These constitutional amendments entered into force on 1 January 2020.