The conference focusses on the role of education in integration processes on local level and sharing experiences and practices of integration of Ukrainian refugees in the Nordic-Baltic Region. Representatives of academia, local governments and state organizations in the Nordic-Baltic region will present the knowledge and basic data on immigration and integration in their home countries and organizations, followed by joint discussions.
The first key-note speech will be held by the Estonian Minister of Education and Research Kristina Kallas. Presentations from Sweden, Finland, Norway, Latvia and Lithuania will follow.
The conference is free of charge and in English.
See more information about the conference program and registration here. The deadline for the registration is October 17, 2023. The conference will be held as a hybrid meeting, enabling physical and on-line participation.
The conference will be arranged in the framework of the Nordic-Baltic project FOR-IN launched for the years 2022-2024. The project aims at fostering refugee and immigrant integration at the local level by creating country-specific intersectional cooperation models and regional networks of practitioners in the Nordic-Baltic Region. Local level integration of refugees and immigrants is a priority for countries in the Baltic-Nordic Region and far beyond. The experiences of Nordic and Baltic countries are of high value for receiving the refugees and helping them to integrate to the country of arrival. The project will help the Nordic and Baltic countries to learn from each other and to implement this knowledge on integration into everyday practice on local level.
As part of the FOR-IN project, a Pan-Baltic exchange initiative seminar will be held in Tallinn on October 23, which is aimed at representatives of non-profit organizations and local governments and whose purpose is to discuss future formats of cooperation and relevant topics that should be addressed. Also, the aim is to exchange experiences and good practices regarding the reception and integration of Ukrainian refugees in the Baltic countries.
The project is prepared and launched in collaboration between the Nordic Council of Ministers, UNHCR, Ministry of Culture of Estonia, Ministry of Education and Research of Estonia and many other partners.