National research programme within migration and integration

The Swedish Research Council is responsible for a ten-year national research programme within migration and integration. The programme shall contribute to meeting major societal challenges within the area, and to create powerful synergies between different actors. On this page you can read about the research in the program.

We have been tasked by the Government to be responsible for the research programme within migration and integration. The purpose is to create good prerequisites for enabling research to contribute to meeting major societal challenges. The aim is to

    • illuminate all aspects of migration, migrants and integration
    • increase knowledge about the prerequisites for creating inclusive societies
    • cover research into both short-term and long-term causes and consequences of migration, such as economic, demographic and social aspects
    • contribute to links between research and to higher education
    • contribute to gender equality
    • contribute to increasing the impact of research results in society in the form of development, knowledge accumulation, evidence-based policies and administration.

    The idea underpinning the research programme is that it shall create powerful synergies between various actors who complement each other in terms of knowledge, skills and mandates. It may concern areas such as different types of collaboration between various research funding bodies or public authorities responsible for issues relating to migration and integration. The programme is also expected to form a natural link to international research programmes.

    Our first call under the programme was made in spring 2018. Researchers in all scientific fields could apply for grants, and the grant decisions are published on Vetenskapsrå A second call opened during autumn 2018, and is managed by our Nordic collaboration organisation NordForsk.

    Strategic research agenda leads the way

    The core of the programme consists of a strategic research agenda. The research agenda focuses on knowledge needs and identifies what activities are needed to fulfil the purpose of the national research programme – to strengthen research within the area of migration and integration and promote the spread of research results. The agenda shows that the need for knowledge is great, but that Swedish research still appears relatively well equipped to meet it. It also shows a need for more meeting places for knowledge and experience exchange between researchers and practitioners. The agenda will be updated continuously as the programme progresses.

    At the end of 2017, we arranged a dialogue meeting ahead of the work on the research agenda. We collected opinions from researchers, representatives of civil society and public authorities that work practically with migration and integration issues. The results of this meeting are also included in the agenda.

    PublISHED ON 08 June 2018

    UpDATED ON 08 October 2019


    Are you looking for contacts and collaborators within the field?

    The Migration Studies Delegation, Delmi, spreads knowledge about migration issues and their impact on society. Delmi’s website has links to of relevant organisations and public authorities, in both Sweden and other countries.

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    National research programme


    1. Suicidal behaviour

      A research project within the research program migration and integration.

    2. Evaluation of the Teaching Recovery Techniques for refugee youth

      Community-based intervention for refugee youth experiencing post-traumatic stress symptoms. A research project within the research program migration and integration.

    3. Polarized Democracy

      The impact of threat on anti-immigrant sentiments in western Europe. A research project within the research program migration and integration.