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.
- Migration and equity in sexual and reproductive health: The importance of dynamics in cultural and social values for improving practice through co-production
Birgitta Essén, Uppsala University
- Mining for meaning: The dynamics of public discourse on migration
Marc Keuschnigg, Linköping University
- Refugee migration and cities: Social institutions, political governance and integration in Jordan, Turkey and Sweden (SIPGI).
Andrea Spehar, University of Gothenburg
- Aging migrants, labor market transitions and the welfare state.
Olof Åslund, Uppsala University
- Exposure to Swedish society and immigrant integration: The family formation of immigrants who arrived as children
Ben Wilson, Stockholm University
- Suicial behaviour and health care - differences between refugees, immigrants and natives?
Ellenor Mittendorfer-Rutz, Karolinska Institutet, KI
- Polarized democracy. The impact of threat on anti-immigrant sentiments in western Europe
Emma Bäck, University of Gothenburg
- Recently arrived students in Swedish Upper Secondary School – a multidisciplinary study on language development, disciplinary literacy and social inclusion
Päivi Juvonen, Linnaeus University
- Evaluation of a group intervention for post traumatic stress in refugee adolescents – a randomised trial.
Anna Sarkadi, Uppsala University
We have a programme committee with representatives from Formas (Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning), Forte (Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare), the Swedish Migration Agency, Sida (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency), SALAR (Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions) and Delmi (the Migration Studies Delegation), who have advised us in areas such as 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 has also supported us in this work.
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 Vetenskapsrådet.se. 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.