Because of their generous and comprehensive welfare regimes, successful integration of migrants is particularly important to the sustainability and legitimacy of the Nordic welfare states.
Although the Nordic countries share several welfare state characteristics, their responses to migration and outcomes of integration efforts differs widely. Comparative Nordic research have typically been concerned with policy-level of migration and integration efforts. However, there might be a long haul from national policies to local practices and realities.
To understand and manage diverging outcomes, studies need to unpack not only the significance of macro and meso-level factors, but the significance of micro-level interactions between the street-level workers who implement policy and the people who are on the receiving end of the services they provide.
We coordinate a workshop-series of three workshops designed to promote, develop, and support collaborative research on Nordic street-level integration work.
During 2023 and 2024 we will gather Nordic scholars at different career stages and with different backgrounds for in-person attendance at workshops in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. The workshops will present state-of-the-art of Nordic street-level integration work and particularities in the three countries, and encourage creative discussions among participants.
Through these workshops, we aim to develop large-scale collaborative projects that is curiosity-driven and ambitious for applications for Nordic and international sources of funding and promote co-authored publications and common dissemination plans between Nordic scholars.By promoting collaboration between Nordic scholars on questions such as what is being done by street-level workers, and with what implications for individuals and integration policy, the workshop-series provide novel contributions to knowledge production on Nordic integration work.
From October 12th to 13th 2023, the first N-SIW workshop will be arranged.
The workshop will be arranged at Fafo in Oslo.
More information coming soon.