Nordic co-operation on integration and inclusion

Nordic co-operation on integration to continue

31 Oct 2018

The results of the first programme for Nordic co-operation on integration have been positive. The programme was launched at short notice in 2016 as a response to the global refugee crisis and concluded at the end of 2018. At their meeting on 30 October, the Ministers for Nordic Co-operation adopted a new programme for integration for the period 2019 to 2021, with the aim of streamlining the sharing of knowledge and experience in the Nordic Region with regard to integration issues, as well as supporting the structures that have been established during the first programme period.

Foto: Johannes Jansson/norden.org

“Co-operation on integration is an excellent example of how we can join forces to develop new knowledge and concrete benefits for the region and everyone living here, existing and new residents alike,” says Sweden’s Minister for Nordic Co-operation Margot Wallström, who is leading the efforts of the Ministers for Nordic Co-operation in 2018.

According to a survey conducted by the consultancy company Rambøll, Nordic authorities have found the first co-operation programme to be useful and relevant. Integration efforts in the Nordic Region have been made easier by the information gained through networks, publications, and workshops within the scope of the programme.

Special emphasis on children and young people

The results of Rambøll’s survey underline the importance of carrying forwards into the new co-operation programme the work that has been done and the structures that have been established during the first programme period. Pertinent areas of the new programme include efforts to facilitate the inclusion of refugees and immigrants in the labour market, the situation of newly arrived children and young people (especially unaccompanied children), and the role of civil society and non-governmental organisations in integration efforts. The support that refugees and immigrants get from them is of huge importance.

Read more at norden.org

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