Nordic co-operation on integration and inclusion

New arrivals as a resource for the rural area

Since 1990, the Nordic population has grown by 15 percent to about 26.5 million. Net immigration accounts for two thirds of population growth. This implies a great potential for many small or peripheral municipalities with aging populations and labour shortages in the welfare sector.

The challenge lies in getting new arrivals to stay in the long run – and not moving to the city areas once they have been granted a residence permit. It is about getting a home and be included in both work and social networks. “So you feel at home and feel needed”, as a refuge expressed it.

Conclusions and policy implications

  • Clear leadership in the municipality showing that immigration and integration is a growth issue
  • Help finding permanent housing, preferably near asylum housing
  • Well-developed cooperation between municipalities in the region and within the municipality – with the local business community, public employers and civil society through an integration coordinator and mentoring program for faster skills mapping, job matching, language training and social community.

Learning examples and facts

Here we highlight a few small or peripheral Nordic municipalities that have managed to increase the number of new arrivals that remain in the area. The learning examples come from the report “From migrants to workers” and the Norwegian District Centre’s report. We also give voice to relevant actors who are given the opportunity to contribute their personal experiences and reflections on the theme.

Facts are supplemented by statistical data and maps showing what the migration flow looks like in the Nordic countries.

Research on the theme

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Work

1 Jun 2018

State of the Nordic Region 2018: Immigration and integration edition

State of the Nordic Region 2018 Migration and Integration presents a series of facts and figures showing the current state of integration wi [...]

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Immigration & development

4 May 2018

From migrants to workers: Immigration and integration at the local level in the Nordic countries

This publication reports on the outcomes of a project which addresses regional and local practices on integration of labour migrants and ref [...]

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Immigration & development

4 May 2018

Nordic-Baltic Demographic Vulnerability Assessment at municipal level

Nordregio Policy Brief 2016:4 [...]

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Immigration & development

22 Apr 2018

State of the Nordic Region – Migration and Integration edition 2018

State of the Nordic Region 2018 Migration and Integration presents a series of facts and figures showing the current state of integration wi [...]

Maps for the theme

Immigration & development

15 Mar 2018

Asylum seekers by municipality in March 2017

This map shows the number of asylum seekers per municipality, for the Nordic Region in March 2017. [...]

Immigration & development

15 Mar 2018

Asylum seekers as share of the total population by municipality in March 2017

This map shows the share of asylum seekers as a share of the total population in Nordic municipalities. [...]

Immigration & development

15 Mar 2018

Youth population 2016

Population aged 15-29 as a share of the total population in 2016. [...]

Immigration & development

15 Mar 2018

Foreign-born inhabitants in 1995, 2005 and 2015

Number and share of foreign-born inhabitants in Nordic regions during the last 20 years. [...]

Immigration & development

15 Mar 2018

Foreign-born inhabitants in 2015

Almost 15% of the Nordic population is born elsewhere than in their country of living. The highest share of foreign born population can be f [...]

Immigration & development

8 Feb 2018

Old-age dependency 2015

Old age dependency rates are rising across the Nordic countries, and they are particularly high in remote rural municipalities. [...]

Immigration & development

8 Feb 2018

Male international net migration rate in 2015

This map shows the international net migration rate for males in 2015. International migration refers to the migration to and from abroad (d [...]

Immigration & development

8 Feb 2018

Female international net migration rate in 2015

This map shows the international net migration rate for females in 2015. International migration refers to the migration to and from abroad [...]

Immigration & development

8 Feb 2018

International net migration rate in 2015

This map shows the international net migration rate in 2015. International migration refers to the migration to and from abroad (domestic mi [...]

Immigration & development

8 Feb 2018

Foreign born female ratio in 2016

This map shows the ratio of male and female in the foreign born population in 2016 on municipal (big map) and regional level (small map). [...]

Immigration & development

8 Feb 2018

Role of international migration in population change 2011-2016

This map shows the role of international migration in sustaining population growth for some municipalities and regions between 2011 and 2016 [...]

Examples of best practice for the theme

New arrivals as a resource for the rural area

20 May 2018

Punkalaidun

Punkalaidun, a small, rural municipality in Southwest Finland with just 3 000 inhabitants has been working with humanitarian migration for o [...]

New arrivals as a resource for the rural area

17 May 2018

Ísafjörður – Integration in the Arctic North

At 66° north in the municipality Ísafjörður in the Icelandic West fjords, live close to four hundred immigrants, where the total populat [...]

New arrivals as a resource for the rural area

18 May 2017

Åre kommun

Åre by har cirka 1 500 invånare, Åre kommun cirka 11 000. Som mest hade Åre kommun 1 050 asylsökande boende i kommunen. Förra året to [...]

New arrivals as a resource for the rural area

9 Apr 2017

Gloppen – snudde opp-ned på tradisjonalt utdanningsløp

Eldreomsorgen har fått sårt tiltrengt kvalifisert helsefagpersonell, innvandrere har fått fagkompetanse, kommet raskere inn i arbeidslive [...]

New arrivals as a resource for the rural area

9 Apr 2017

Nærøy

Flyktninger kommer raskt i arbeid og utdanning fordi kommune og næringsliv jobber tett sammen med flyktningene. [...]

New arrivals as a resource for the rural area

9 Apr 2017

Biblioteket på Berg

Innvandrere i Berg kommune har norske venner, de er aktive i lokalsamfunnet og langt flere er i arbeid enn gjennomsnittet i norske kommuner. [...]

New arrivals as a resource for the rural area

6 Apr 2017

Närpes kommun

Den lilla staden Närpes i västra Finland har gjort sig känd för sitt proaktiva och lyckade integrationsarbete. Det började småskaligt [...]

New arrivals as a resource for the rural area

12 Mar 2017

Herøy kommun

De norra regionerna och kustområdena i Norge är mycket beroende av arbetskraft utifrån för fiskerinäringen. Nordland-regionen stöder i [...]

New arrivals as a resource for the rural area

12 Mar 2017

Ísafjarðarbær kommun

I Island har frågor om integration främst varit kopplade till arbetskraftsinvandring. Det handlar om att möta behovet av arbetskraft. Ny [...]

New arrivals as a resource for the rural area

12 Mar 2017

Punkalaidun kommun

Det finns en samstämmighet i Finland att utländsk arbetskraft behövs, både idag och ännu mer i framtiden. Medan migration i de större [...]

New arrivals as a resource for the rural area

12 Mar 2017

Krokoms kommun

Sverige har tagit emot – och även aktivt försökt locka – arbetskraftsinvandrare sedan 1950-talet. Sverige har också över tid välko [...]

New arrivals as a resource for the rural area

12 Mar 2017

Klaksviks kommun Färöarna

På Färöarna är migration och integration nya frågor. En arbetsgrupp inrättades 2011 som tog fram en rad rekommendationer bland annat i [...]

Seminars on the theme

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