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Immigration and integration

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Yadid Levy /
As a follow-up to the publication of State of the Nordic Region 2018, a special edition on immigration and integration of newcomers in the Nordic countries has been produced.

Managing migration is one of the most complex challenges for societies in our time. This report aims to provide up-to-date data on an often hotly disputed topic, putting together harmonised and comparable information across Nordic municipalities and regions over time. 

The report consists of three parts:

  1. Coming to the Nordic Region presents data on who the migrants to the Nordic Region have been in recent years: Migration numbers and flows, different types of migration and unaccompanied minors.
  2. Making the Nordic Region home focuses on what happens after migrants become part of the Nordic populations. The report also describes the health status of new migrants and explores the conditions migrants must fulfil to qualify for citizenship in the different Nordic countries.
  3. Labour market integration looks at how migrants are currently faring in the Nordic labour markets with a special view on female migrants and the representation of people with foreign background in state funded culture.

Technical annex is included where the challenges in accessing and harmonising datasets related to immigration are discussed.

The State of the Nordic Region 2018 - Immigration and integration edition is produced by Nordregio on behalf of the Nordic Welfare Centre – both institutions established by the Nordic Council of Minister – and produced as part of the Nordic Integration Project


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