National research programme within migration and integration

The Swedish Research Council has been tasked by the Government to establish 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.

Programme goals

We have been tasked by the Government to establish the research programme on migration and integration. The purpose is to create good prerequisites for research to contribute to meeting major societal challenges. The aims are 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 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.

Calls for funding proposals are announced during the course of the programme. Our first call under the programme was made in spring 2018. Researchers in all scientific fields could apply for grants, and the grant decisions was published on Vetenskapsrå A second call opened during autumn 2018, managed by our Nordic collaboration organisation NordForskexternal link. Read the grants decision of the second call on Nordforsk's websiteexternal link.

Participants in the programme

The programme committee includes 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)
  • Delmi (the Migration Studies Delegation).

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 included in the agenda.

PublISHED ON 08 June 2018

UpDATED ON 13 August 2020

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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.

On the Delmi website you find links to stakeholders, policy briefs and upcoming seminars.external link

Migration Research Hub is a website for migration research created by CrossMigration, an EU-funded project led by the European research network IMISCOE.

On the site you can search for research, results, taxonomy and experts.external link


National research programme


  1. Rethinking Integration: a comparative mixed methods study of civil society action in vulnerable superdiverse neighbourhoods in Sweden

    A research project within the research program migration and integration.

  2. The rehabilitation and integration of the Holocaust survivors in Sweden

    – a historical study of Swedish aid for survivors of the genocide on the Jews of Europe. A research project within the research program migration and integration.

  3. Lived religion and social mobility among migrants

    A research project within the research program migration and integration.