Forum for Integration Policy

Migration and integration policy are on top of the political agenda. The new SNS seminar series Forum for Integration Policy aims to increase the general understanding for conditions and challenges for successful integration.

The project focuses on exchange of knowledge, ideas and experiences between businesses, the public sector, academia and other relevant societal actors. Swedish and international studies and inquiries in the area will also be discussed in the seminars. The most important obstacles to successful integration will be analyzed – and possible solutions will be discussed.

Current topics for the upcoming seminars are the reception of asylum seekers, housing, labor market policies, and the education system. Among others, the following questions will be discussed:

  • What good examples of successful integration policy can be found in the municipalities?
  • How do other countries manage integration challenges?
  • How can the education system best be organized in order to accommodate the new arrivals in their late teens?
  • How can businesses contribute with new solutions?

The seminar series is planned to run for three years, between 2017-2019.

Forum for Integration Policy is funded by the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth.

For questions about SNS Forum for Integration Policy, please contact Mikael Witterblad, head of research program.

Do we avoid news about refugees to escape from empathy which oblige us?

During 2015-2016, Sweden welcomed many asylum-seekers. What effect did this have on the consumption of news about refugees and their situation? What influence can people’s gathering of information have on their attitudes with regards to immigration and policies connected to migration? These questions and many more was discussed during the seminar with Eleonora Freddi, Assistant Professor of Economics at Tilburg University, Jonas Hinnfors, Professor in Political Science at the University of Gothenburg, Johan Lindell, Associate Professor in Media and Communication Studies at Karlstad University and Patrik Vuorio, development strategist in the municipality of Järfälla.

The establishment of refugees on the Swedish labour market – Experiences from the Nordic countries

It takes approximately nine years for half of the refugee-population in Sweden to establish themselves on the labour market. What does the situation look like in our neighboring counties? And what can we learn from each other? Topics such as these were discussed during the seminar, where Bernt Bratsberg, senior researcher at the Frisch Center in Oslo, Marie Louise Schultz-Nielsen, senior researcher at the Rockwool Foundation in Copenhagen and Olof Åslund, secretary general at the Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy, and Professor of Economics at Uppsala University participated.

Learn more about the report.

Effects of Immigration on Native Workers’ Wages in Denmark

January 31 2017, Mette Foged, economist at Copenhagen University, launched a new SNS report: “Effects of Immigration on Native Workers’ Wages in Denmark”. The study analyzes the mobility of native workers, wages and employment in response to the influx of refugees to Denmark 1995–2003. Lars Calmfors, Professor Emeritus in International Economics at Stockholm University, and Pieter Bevelander, Professor in International Migration and Ethnical Relations at Malmö University, commented on the report.

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