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.



Major immigration flows to the Nordic Region

Immigration flows are of growing interest due to the recent unprecedented numbers of immigrants arriving in the Nordic Region. Successful integration of these newcomers is vital to ensuring long-term social sustainability, particularly for rural municipalities struggling with population decline. As this chapter will demonstrate, immigration to the Nordic Region has increased drastically in recent decades, with major inflows from neighbouring Nordic and European countries, as well as from further afield. This international immigration is having a profound effect on the population structure at municipal level across the Nordic Region both due to its sheer scale and because of the diverse nature of the migrant population. The reasons underpinning immigration vary greatly both between the Nordic countries and between migration groups.


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