State of the Nordic Region 2018: Immigration and Integration Edition

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State of the Nordic Region 2018 Migration and Integration presents a series of facts and figures showing the current state of integration within core socioeconomic sectors, including demography, the labour force, health, and foreign background in state funded culture in the Nordic Region. The report is produced by Nordregio, an international research center for regional development and planning established by the Nordic Council of Ministers, on behalf of Nordic Welfare Centre and the programme Nordic co-operation on integration of refugees and migrants, along with Nordic Agency for Cultural Policy Analysis. The report is partly based on State of the Nordic Region 2018, which is a unique compilation of statistics and maps, giving a detailed view of the Nordic countries at both national and regional level.




The number of people coming to the Nordic Region has increased dramatically in recent years. The population of the region grew by 16 percent from 1990-2017, with immigration a major driving force behind this increase. Importantly, although intra-Nordic migration is still substantial, the overall make-up of the immigrant population has become increasingly diverse. The unprecedented number of asylum seekers to the Nordic countries in 2015 marked a shift in major reasons for migration to the region, most notably in Sweden. The most numerous arrivals were from Syria and Afghanistan, while people from Iraq still represent a proportionally significant group. Following arrival, asylum seekers became dispersed across the Nordic countries in different ways in line with differing national policies which impacted housing, concentration of the asylum seekers, and led to other challenges associated with integration.


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