RFSL Newcomers – National Association (Förbundet)
Here is information about RFSL Newcomers, which is a network for LGBTQI (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex) refugees, asylum seekers, undocumented, and newly arrived people in Sweden.

RFSL Newcomers offers activities, information and counseling in a safe space where our members get to meet others with a similar experience and are heard. Newcomers was created because of a need for support and guidance among asylum-seeking and newly arrived LGBTQI people. Our aim is to strengthen our members’ identities and voices by creating meeting spaces where they can share their experiences, make contacts and make friends.

Where to find a Newcomers group:
There are Newcomers groups in several cities throughout Sweden. Here’s a list of all the groups, and their contact information:



Get involved
There are different ways to support RFSL Newcomers. As a volunteer, you can help organize activities, meetings and events. As a contact person to an LGBTQI refugee, you offer practical support such as contact with authorities or health services. 

Advocating asylum rights
Apart from offering social meeting spaces, RFSL works with advocacy on asylum issues by:

  • influencing legal and political decisions regarding the situation for LGBTQI asylum seekers’
  • working for equality and strengthened rights for LGBTQI asylum seekers and newly arrived LGBTQI people,
  • informing about the current political and legal situation for LGBTQI asylum seekers in Sweden
  • increasing the knowledge about the problems, such as oppression, uncertainty and legal and social vulnerability that LGBTQI asylum seekers may experience,
  • being present in different asylum political contexts and cooperating with others who work with asylum and/or LGBTQI issues.

You can support RFSL Newcomers by giving a donation or become a member!

If you have general or specific questions about RFSL Newcomers, you are welcome to email [email protected]

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:  Email: [email protected] phone: +46 761 65 66 12