The deadline for a call for proposals for projects on research to combat the COVID-19 pandemic was June 16. The call is a collaborative effort between research funders from the Nordic countries, Estonia and Latvia.
How school systems respond to migration has an enormous impact on migrant integration. Schools can be a vehicle for social integration and mobility, and for developing a sense of belonging to the local community. But schools can also be an isolating and discriminatory place and act as a barrier to integration. Within schools, teachers are key for creating opportunities for learning and participation, especially for migrant students.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is generating a widespread need for new knowledge relating to the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Four new collaborative projects will now use health data to learn more about the virus.
Research confirms that unaccompanied asylum-seeking young people face obstacles and challenges in destination countries such as Finland, Norway, and the UK. Over time, despite the difficulties, some are successful in being given permission to settle in these countries. As they settle, many public authorities fade from their lives and social networks are built, with hopes for a good future. Ordinary life emerges once again, as they develop sustaining relationships with other people, and add to the life of their new country.
The CAPE – Civic Agency in Public E-service innovation – project addresses these issues, regarding both improvement of current e-services, and releasing the potential in user-driven development of future services.
The SOS project offers a comparative mapping of information-processing and communicative aspects of informal welfare work across three welfare sectors. Informal welfare work is unpaid support of citizens in his/her interactions with welfare state institutions and actors.
Nordic cities have qualities to draw on when it comes to greenspace, social inclusion and public health. But they are also segregated, characterised by health-related divides and by differences in accessibility to urban amenities. Without careful consideration the health and well-being of city-dwellers can be negatively influenced in overly densified and congested cities, despite sustainability ambitions.