Nordiskt samarbete om integration och inkludering

Webbinarier & seminarier

Combatting long-term unemployment among immigrants

Many people with an immigrant background lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Across all Nordic countries, immigrants were also more likely to face long-term unemployment than their native-born peers.

At the seminar in Stockholm on the 25th of October we will present the results from a new study on immigrants’ labour market integration in the Nordic countries in the aftermath of the pandemic. The report highlights good examples of successful integration practices and concludes with concrete learnings that can be used as a ‘checklist’ by policy makers, employers, and education providers.

At the seminar we will discuss:

  • How has the number of long-term unemployed immigrants developed during the pandemic, and is it an ongoing challenge?
  • Which policies and initiatives have been implemented in the Nordic countries to help long-term unemployed immigrants find new employment?
  • What can we learn from the experiences in the Nordic countries?


  • Nora Sánchez Gassen, Senior Research Fellow and Åsa Ström Hildestrand, Head of Communications, Nordregio, Editors of the report
  • Björk Håkansson, Head of International Department at the Directorate of Labour, Iceland
  • Arild Vågen, Swedish Public Employment Service
  • Camilla Sbeihi, Project Manager, Samira Safai Eddine, Course participant at KHRS Academy, Denmark
  • Kaisa Kepsu, Senior adviser, Nordic Welfare Centre

The discussion is moderated by Anna Jungner-Nordgren, Senior Advisor in International and Nordic Affairs, the Swedish Assembly of Finland.


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