Learnings from Integration
The aim of the project Learnings from Integration is to explore how the integration process in Sweden works and how it can be improved.
How can the integration of new immigrants in Sweden be improved? The difference between successful and unsuccessful action plans affect both society and the individual. In order to unveil new knowledge about the integration process in Sweden and how it could work better, SNS now launches the research project Learnings from integration. The program focuses on the labor market and the education system. The project will start in the fall of 2017 and run for three years.
In the last couple of years Sweden has had a significantly higher number of asylum seekers than many other European countries. Already before the big influx of refugees 2015, Sweden accepted a relatively high number of asylum seekers. During the period 2012–2014 about thirteen percent of the asylum applications in the EU was filed in Sweden, a country with two percent of the EU’s population. Since 2012 about every third asylum seeking child within the EU has come to Sweden. This tendency stresses the importance of a well working integration plan.
Sweden has the highest employment rate in Europe. On the other hand, in a European perspective the occupational segregation between citizens born in and outside of Sweden is significant. It takes about nine years before fifty percent of the refugees are established on the labor market. The unemployment rate for citizens born outside of Sweden is over fifty percent. Many of the new immigrants need education, but few adolescent refugees finish high school.
SNS’ research program will focus on how more immigrants can be included in the Swedish labor market and how the education system can contribute to better academic results.
A reference group will be put together during spring 2017. SNS is now looking for individuals and organizations who want to engage in the research project, either by taking part in the reference group or by offering financial support. If you want to learn more, contact Mikael Witterblad, Research Director at SNS.