Right before the Christmas the team members and partners of the Nordic Council of Ministers’ cooperation project For-In (Fostering refugee and immigrant integration/For Integration), together with UNHCR Representation for the Nordic and Baltic countries, organized study visits to Denmark and Sweden in December 2022 for national and local authorities from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
The aim of the study visits in Denmark and Sweden was to acquire knowledge about local integration policies and cooperation with NGOs to reinforce local level reception/integration capacities and the development of holistic local level integration action planning in the municipalities of the Nordic-Baltic region. The meetings and discussions at hosting municipalities in Denmark and Sweden helped to strengthen the regional networks of integration practitioners and to facilitate knowledge Exchange between the Nordic and Baltic countries.
The Estonian delegation consisted of representatives from the municipalities of Tartu, Pärnu, Jõhvi City, the Association of Estonian Cities and Municipalities, the Estonian Ministry of Culture and coordinating project partner Tartu Welcome Centre. The discussions at the visits focussed on challenges, opportunities, and solutions for integration on local level. Site visits were organized to organisations where the integration services are provided, including language schools and vocational training centres, NGOs. An important topic of the meetings held in the Nordic countries concerned the cooperation between municipalities and NGOs, and specifically how to coordinate the activities addressing Ukrainian refugees’ situation.
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The Nordic Council of Ministers’ Offices in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, and UNHCR Representation for the Nordic and Baltic countries have launched the FOR-IN integration project together with authorities, and NGOs from across the Nordic-Baltic region. The aim is for the Nordic and Baltic countries to learn from each other’s experiences and ultimately, engage local actors and refugees themselves better in the integration processes. The project will run for two years (2022-2024) and connects various actors, ranging from ministries and municipalities to NGOs and other actors with refugee and migrant background.
More information about the FOR-IN project can be found here.