PublISHED ON 08 June 2018

UpDATED ON 16 November 2018

National research programme within migration and integration

The Swedish Research Council is responsible for a ten-year national research programme within migration and integration.

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 solving major societal challenges. The aim is to

  • illuminate all aspects of migration 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 increased research connection 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. Through collaboration, we can avoid undesirable overlaps.The programme is also expected to form a natural link to international research programmes.

Our first call opened on 14 February 2018 and closed on 10 April 2018. The call was open to researchers in all subject areas.

The next call will be managed by our Nordic collaboration organisation NordForsk.

Strategic research agenda in progress

During autumn 2018, we will present a strategic research agenda. The agenda will state the focus of the research programme over ten years, and map the challenges and knowledge needs that the research programme is intended to address. We will be updating the agenda as the programme progresses.

We have a programme committee with representatives from the research councils Formas and Forte, and also from the Swedish Migration Agency , the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the Migration Studies Delegation (Delmi) who advise us on how the research agenda should be designed, implemented and updated. A reference group consisting of researchers within humanities, social sciences, development research, educational sciences, and medicine and health also provides support in this work.

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.

In May 2018, we circulated a draft research agenda for comments.

Presentations from the dialogue meeting (in Swedish)

Summary of the day PDF (pdf, 514.5 kB)

Presentation Swedish Research Council PDF (pdf, 1.8 MB)

Presentation, Annika Sundén, the Swedish Public Employment ServicePDF (pdf, 436 kB)

Presentation, Joakim Palme, DelmiPDF (pdf, 979.9 kB)

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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. Research environment grant within migration and integration

    The Swedish Research Council has decided on the applications to be awarded research environment grant within migration and integration. Our total grant amount for 2018–2023 is about 70.5 million SEK.

  2. HSMILJO-18: Research environment grant within Humanities and social sciences and Migration and integration research