Learning to Live in a New Country – Everyday Social Integration

Civil Society and Integration – Nordic Rural Perspective

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Available online: https://pub.norden.org/nord2020-036/ Abstract [en]: In this paper we focus on three of the main ways civil society can play a role in the integration of refugees and immigrants. The leading question we seek to answer is as follows. Are the ways in which civil society engages different in rural areas and in smaller communities around the Nordic Region, as compared with urban areas and large cities? We use evidence from interviews and transcripts with migration workers as our starting point. We then focus on the role of a) religious communities and aid organisations, b) sport organisations and clubs, c) pop-up activism and mentorship programmes from available literature and from Nordic seminars and dialogue. We will also focus on partnerships and forms of coordination between civil society organisations, municipalities and regions.



Smaller municipalities and everyday integration

Everyday integration is a term applied by Norwegian authorities to characterise the social arena of integration that is not necessarily closely linked to a newcomer becoming employed, but is more widely associated with becoming functional in navigating the everyday tasks necessary to living in a new society. We value this approach, and will therefore apply it hereafter to everyday integration.


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