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On this page, we have gathered information about the situation in Ukraine and what applies to people who are coming to Sweden. The page is constantly updated!

Emergency support for LGBTQI+ Ukrainians is an initiative and collaboration between RFSL, the Swedish Federation for LGBTQI rights and RFSL Ungdom, the Swedish Youth Federation for LGBTQI Rights, through their national network of Newcomers and Newcomers youth to support and coordinate people arriving in Sweden from Ukraine.

The EU Member States have decided to activate the Temporary Protection Directive. This means that Ukrainian citizens and persons who are refugees or have subsidiary protection in Ukraine and have left Ukraine after the Russian invasion can get immediate protection and a temporary residence permit. Immediately upon application, you can right now get help with food and accommodation if you have an urgent need for it. Once you have received your permit, you will, in addition to food and housing, have the right to work, the right to seek basic care, the right to schooling for children, and certain financial support in Sweden. Read more at migrationsverket.se

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We are looking for:
– Volunteers
– Psychologist / Therapist
– Organizations / Projects

Your support will save lives!


We need your support for the evacuation of LGBTQI people and support for LGBTQI organizations in Ukraine. The situation is very serious.

Please donate if you can, your support will make a difference.

Help trough employment!


Do you have a company and want to offer employment to someone that have fled from Ukraine?

To have a possibility to work makes a huge difference and is a highly valuable resource for support. 

Support and Questions


If you want to join our activities, need support, or have more general questions, please e-mail us at [email protected]

Meanwhile, we invite you to become a member of RFSL & RFSL Ungdom.



Our staff can communicate in several languages and are familiar with the challenges of being queer with a migrant background in Sweden. We warmly welcome you regardless of your gender, your sexual preference, your color, your ethnicity, your nationality, your status, or your religion. You are just welcome as a person.

If you have questions about applying for asylum in Sweden based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, you are welcome to contact:

RFSL's asylum lawyer: Aino Gröndahl
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: +46 (0) 761 65 66 12

RFSL Ungdom's asylum lawyer: Alexandra Politidis Palm
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: +46 (0) 76 345 02 81

RFSL has many support services in Sweden. The support and counseling we provide are free of charge. All our staff is employed, trained and experienced in issues regarding LGBTQI people. They are all subject to professional secrecy and you can remain anonymous. We offer support in Swedish, English and with an interpreter.

Telephone: 020 – 34 13 16 (free of charge)
Leave a message or call us on Thursdays from 9-12 am.

Email: [email protected]

You as a participant may be an asylum seeker, live without papers (undocumented), have been granted a residence permit, moved through affiliation, to work, study, or for any other reason, and want to find a context together with other LGBTQI migrants.

We offer weekly MEETING PLACE activities, monthly ACTIVIST WORKSHOPS, monthly PEER TO PEER SUPPORT GROUPS, yearly ACTIVIST CONFERENCES/NATIONAL MEETINGS, and yearly PRIDE EVENTS across Sweden. All our activities and events are drug & alcohol-free, arranged in a safe and confidential setting.

To join our activities, please send us an e-mail to [email protected]
For people above 30 years of age, please send us an e-mail to [email protected]

Our consultation sessions are open to everyone who addresses issues relating to asylum, migration and LGBTQI.

We offer counseling related to social aspects, coming out as well as networking with the community and support for medical and psychological concerns. We then refer you to experts in these areas. We also offer training opportunities for organisations that are involved in the asylum system.

We advise you free of charge, confidentially and we are on your side. We offer counseling over the phone or at our office in Stockholm, available in multiple languages such as Swedish, English, Greek, Serbian, Macedonian, Arabic, Farsi, Dari,

To book an appointment or ask questions, please send us an e-mail to [email protected]
For people above 30 years of age, please send us an e-mail to [email protected]

Have you experienced commercial sex, trafficking or if someone has approached you to give you something in exchange for sex? To talk to someone who understand your situation and can support you, contact Pegasus. We offer support in Swedish, English or with an interpreter. 

Email: [email protected] 

Snapchat: Pegasus RådochStöd 

Do you have questions about trans, gender identity or gender-confirming care? Do you want to talk to someone about trans topics?
Email us at  [email protected]

We turn to you who are a trans person, who have trans experience or who are thinking about your gender identity, regardless of your age. You who are close relatives (parent, friend, partner, siblings, etc.) or who meet trans people in your work / non-profit involvement are also warmly welcome to email us. Here you can turn for information and support. We who answer are curators and/or experts in trans issues at RFSL and RFSL Youth. We receive around 1,500 emails a year, which include identity, relationships, mood, treatment and rights. You can of course be anonymous.

Via our email, we can provide information, act as a sounding board, tell what has worked for others or suggest other agencies to turn to. For many, we are a complement to care and/or other support. The email is answered by curators and experts in trans issues at RFSL Youth and RFSL. We are not trained in health and medical care and do not fulfill the same function as a care contact. We are also not trained in law. If you need that type of information, support or advice, we can refer you on. But you are welcome to continue to contact us if you wish.

We usually respond within 2-3 days on weekdays, but it can sometimes take longer. We rarely work on evenings, weekends or red days. The email is usually closed for a few weeks in the summer and a shorter period in the winter. 

In some cities, RFSL offers rapid HIV and syphilis testing. These services are open for men who have sex with men and trans people.

Checkpoint Skåne, run by RFSL Rådgivningen Skåne, is a walk-in service offering rapid HIV and syphilis testing.

When: Tuesdays 5 pm – 7 pm
Where: Drottninggatan 36, Malmö

Checkpoint Göteborg, run by RFSL Göteborg, is a walk-in service offering rapid HIV and syphilis testing.

When: Tuesdays 6 pm – 8 pm
Where: Stora Badhusgatan 6, Gothenburg

Testpoint Stockholm, run by RFSL Stockholm, is a walk-in service offering rapid HIV testing.

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6 pm – 8.30 pm
Where: Saltmätargatan 20, Stockholm. Metro: Rådmansgatan

Testpoint Örebro, run by RFSL Örebro, is a walk-in service offering rapid HIV testing.

When: Every second Thursday (uneven weeks), 5.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Where: Västra Nobelgatan 19, Örebro

Checkpoint Sjuhärad, run by RFSL Sjuhärad, is a walk-in service offering rapid HIV testing.

When: Every second Wednesday (even weeks), 6 pm – 8 pm
Where: Magasingatan 1, Borås


The security situation in Ukraine has deteriorated severely following Russia’s invasion, and many people are now leaving Ukraine and entering neighboring countries in Europe. On this page, we have gathered information about the situation in Ukraine and what applies to people who are coming to Sweden in connection with the conflict. The page is constantly updated.

Swedish Migration Agency

If you are fleeing the war in Ukraine and coming to the European Union, you will find key information about your rights with regard to crossing the border into an EU country, eligibility for temporary protection and applying for international protection, as well as the rights of travel inside the European Union.

Preparing to leave
Your rights in the EU 
Travel Inside the EU


The regions' obligation to offer health and dental care to people staying without a visa is limited. If someone staying in the region is in need of immediate care, the region must offer such care. 

What is immediate care may be tried in the individual case by the person responsible for the care. The regions have a greater obligation to offer care to those who have received a residence permit or are seeking asylum, than to people who are in Sweden visa-free


Migration Advice Regarding Ukraine

Their lawyers also answer questions about family reunification and other migration-related questions on the same issue 
For Ukrainians traveling to or present in other countries,please see the below for more information about asylum procedures and where to go for help: 

In the Czech Republic: Please see the UNHCR HELP page and the government webpage page. (hotline number +420 974 801 802). 

In Hungary: Please see the UNHCR HELP page for Hungary and the page of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee.

In Moldova: Please see the page of the asylum authorities and this partner page for available services. You can contact UNHCR at: [email protected].

In Poland: Please see the UNHCR HELP page for Poland, and the Polish government website for Ukrainians (scroll down for additional languages and note their hotline at: +48477217575).
In Romania: Please see the UNHCR HELP page for Romania and the website of our partner, the National Council for Refugees.
In SlovakiaPlease see the UNHCR HELP page for Slovakia and the Slovak government website for Ukrainians.
In all other countries: Please see the UNHCR HELP page https://help.unhcr.org/ and select the relevant country. 

Lesbians from the Coordinating office in Brussell of the Eurocentralasian Lesbian Community is currently entirely operating on several borders with Ukraine providing emergency support and accommodation, providing essential goods and services, but also ensuring long-term solutions for lesbians queer women, their families, pets etc who are moving from Ukraine to other countries.  


Facebook Page:

In response to the fast-deteriorating situation in Ukraine, 29k are launching digital tools for Ukrainians who are struggling with anxiety and worry as a result of the war.

The tools are available in Ukrainian, Russian, English and Swedish.
SWEDEN - Force majeure exceptions apply to pets who enter Sweden from Ukraine together with their owners. Necessary infection control measures will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
BELGIUM - In view of the emergency situation, the FASFC will temporarily also allow dogs, cats and ferrets from Ukraine (non-commercial traffic) to enter the territory if no permit has been requested. These animals must be placed in home isolation and reported to the FASFC: [email protected]. These animals can be regularized according to the standard regularization procedure including isolation of the animal, identification of the animal, vaccination and titer determination of the antibodies against rabies. 
CZECH REPUBLIC - Those animals entering without a valid rabies vaccine/rabies titre test, will be placed under 10-day quarantine (meaning constant supervision by the owner). Within three days of entry, pet needs to be checked by a veterinarian (and microchipped if needed). Between 5–10 days of entry, rabies vaccine needs to be given if not up to date. 
DENMARK - As a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the EU and Denmark use a special derogation in Regulation 2013/576, which means that people traveling with their pets from Ukraine can be imported into the EU/Denmark even if the animal does not meet all the requirements. However, as rabies is present in Ukraine it is important that there is special attention to dogs, cats and ferrets, which can be carriers of the rabies virus. There is a description of the requirements that pets must live up to in order to comply with the requirements for importation under the special exemption options. 
ESTONIA - Allowing in animals without documentation, rabies vaccine and/or microchip. Email the arrival notification form (link below) to [email protected] and darja.[email protected] and el[email protected] 
FINLAND - Under these exceptional circumstances, pets traveling with owners from Ukraine or under force majeure circumstances from Russia are authorized to enter Finland without prior application or permit. Owners, or their representatives, are asked to present the pet and any paperwork to Finnish Customs at the border upon entry. Finnish Customs will provide further instructions.
GERMANY - For the entry to Germany, it is currently valid that pet owners can enter with their pets from Ukraine until further notice without having to apply for a permit in advance in accordance with Regulation (EU) 576/2013. Those entering the country are requested to contact the local veterinary authority to determine the health status of the animal with regard to rabies and to initiate measures if necessary (isolation, antibody titer determination, rabies vaccination, microchipping, issuance of pet passport).
HUNGARY - Hungary has opened borders for unvaccinated and undocumented pets. Hungarian authorities will also provide rabies vaccination and microchipping to dogs, cats and ferrets entering with refugees.
 ITALY - Ukrainian citizens are now permitted to enter European countries with their dogs and cats, even without the proper documentation. This will be sorted once families and their pets have crossed the border.

LITHUANIA - Ukrainian citizens whose pets are properly marked, vaccinated, have a valid animal passport, and meet all the requirements for bringing pets into the EU can cross the state border in the usual way. However, animals coming from Ukraine that are not microchipped or have not been vaccinated against rabies will be marked and vaccinated on the spot, and any isolation requirements will be facilitated. 
LATVIA - Accepting pets of Ukrainian citizens who are not microchipped, not vaccinated against rabies, etc. It will be possible for the owner of the animal to carry out all formalities and procedures after entering Latvia. 
NETHERLANDS - Refugees and Dutch nationals who urgently travel from Ukraine to the Netherlands with their pets are faced with rules for the import of their animal. That's because Ukraine is a high-risk country for rabies. In addition, it is not an EU member state. It has been agreed at the EU level that people who have fled Ukraine with their pets will be treated flexibly. In the event of an acute departure from Ukraine, it is not always possible to comply with the applicable rules and conditions. An exception is possible on the basis of Article 32 of Regulation (EU) No 576/2013. Travelers are asked to report to the NVWA in advance, insofar as this is possible. This can help ensure the smoothest possible passage for both travelers and their animals. 

POLAND - Polish officials are now facilitating Ukrainian border crossing for families fleeing with their animals. The whole animal health dossier is now NOT mandatory. Animals will be vaccinated AFTER CROSSING the Polish side of the border. 

ROMANIA - Ukrainian pets can also come to Romania WITHOUT microchips, vaccines or passports. AFTER entering Romania, the owner just fills in a document. All pets are allowed! 
SLOVAKIA - Officially accepting animals, even those that are not vaccinated/do not have a vaccination certificate. Document to fill in via this link:

SWITZERLAND - Dogs and cats brought by their owners may enter Switzerland in exceptional cases even if not all import conditions are met. Owners intending to enter Switzerland are asked to fill out a form prior to crossing the border and send it to [email protected]. Due to the high risk of disease, entry is prohibited for poultry and hoofed animals. Owners of these animals are asked to make immediate contact with the veterinary authorities at their current location. 

Autism-Europe is cooperating with its Ukrainian member organization and other stakeholders to support autistic people in Ukraine at this critical time. It is key to highlight the needs of autistic people and provide them with adequate support. Their page is dedicated to sharing relevant information and it will be updated regularly.

Supporting autistic people in crisis situations
How can you deal with difficult situations if you have limited knowledge of autism? How to best support an autistic person in an acute crisis and challenging conditions? View brief basic information compiled by EUCAP and Autism Europe on this page or download it as a pdf file here. More translated versions will be added as they become available.

Materials to download
EUCAP & AE Brief guide on supporting autistic people in crisis situations. The information content is the same in all versions.

This briefing aims to describe the medical needs most common among trans and intersex people, including the medications that they will need, and to document emerging issues in Ukraine and surrounding countries on these issues.




Below, we have collected common questions that we receive in connection with our fundraising to benefit LGBTQI people and LGBTQI organizations in Ukraine. If you do not receive an answer to your question here, you can email [email protected] & [email protected].

The general attitude towards LGBTQI people in the country has been negative, but there has still been an opportunity for the community to exercise democratic rights and LGBTQI organizations can operate without being opposed by the state. 

Although in Ukraine there is a discrimination law that includes sexual orientation and gender identity, and there are no laws that actively discriminate against LGBTQI people, the situation for LGBTQI people in the country is difficult. The judiciary rarely investigates hate crimes. LGBTQI organizations in the country have been subjected to many attacks by right-wing extremists and Nazi organizations in recent years.

Of course, many and in different ways are affected by a situation like this. It is important that everyone in need receives help, and we are grateful to see that there are so many different initiatives to contribute support. LGBTQI people are a particularly vulnerable group who are rarely included in humanitarian operations. Therefore, it is important with targeted efforts, hence the focus on our fundraising.

Marginalized groups are already vulnerable and that vulnerability increases in wars, armed conflicts and disasters. For LGBTQI people, it may be that, for example, it may be difficult to find protection that accepts or accepts LGBTQI people or that transgender people may have difficulty escaping due to their ID documents.

There are several scientific articles and several reports on how LGBTQI people are excluded from humanitarian efforts. UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, has drawn attention to this in a separate report from 2021. In addition, RFSL has also written several own texts that give examples of how LGBTQI people are excluded, such as our guiding principles (English) and in policy briefs on the global goals for sustainable development. 

Here are more reports: 

It is not always possible to hide one's identity as an LGBTQI person. Family members, partners, friends and neighbors can reveal or happen to reveal the identities of LGBTQI people. Images or messages in mobile phones and social media can also be used to identify LGBTQI people. In addition, transgender people who have the wrong legal gender in their ID documents can also be left out against their will. 

RFSL Fundraising Foundation has a 90-account and is subject to Swedish fundraising control.
Read more about the fundraising foundation here

The fundraising foundation's 90 accounts, to which donations are paid, are:
Bankgiro: 900-4086
Plusgiro: 900408-6
Swish: 123 900 40 86
Note the payment: Ukraine

Here is information on how you can donate money from outside Sweden, to support the evacuation of LGBTQI-people and support LGBTQI-organisations in Ukraine, please write “Ukraine” in the message with the payment:

Receiver: The RFSL fundraising foundation 
Iban: SE9050000000052031065009
Bic code: ESSESESS
Address of the bank: SEB
106 40 Stockholm

Yes, you can help us spread the word. Sharing on social media helps us go further with our information and it is very valuable to us.

Social media channels:
- Newcomers Youth: Instagram, Facebook, Linktr.
- Newcomers: Facebook.
- RFSL Ungdom: Instagram, Facebook, Linktr.
- RFSL: Instagram, Facebook

Please use the hashtags #newcomers #newcomersyouth #RFSLUkraine #RFSLUngdomUkraine

You can also sign up as a volunteer with Newcomers and Newcomers Youth. 

We are coordinating the reception, you are warmly welcome to write your questions to [email protected] & [email protected] more info coming soon