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 rise in international migration has brought important cultural and economic opportunities. It has also posed challenges, both for migrants and for wider society, in terms of integration and settlement, access to labour markets, housing and education.
The overall research task consists of individualizing and explaining cyber security when it comes to mitigating threats but also to empowering both individuals and communities in EHN to cope with new, ICT-related socio-politico-legal, cultural, economic and environmental challenges.
Current societal changes put pressure on the values and political ideals underlying the Nordic democratic educational project and its practical realisation. The centre focuses on the crucial question: How do systems, cultures and actors in education facilitate and constrain justice in the context of globalising Nordic welfare states?
NordForsk received 218 applications in response to the call for proposals under the Joint Nordic-UK Research Programme on Migration and Integration with a deadline of 15 November 2018. The UK is represented in a large share of the projects, demonstrating that researchers in the Nordic countries and the UK see great value in working together, says NordForsk Director Arne Flåøyen.
Professor Allan Krasnik fears enormous economic and social problems for the Nordic society if the integration of refugees and migrants is not successful. “The Nordic welfare model is based on equality and solidarity, and there is an impending risk of rising inequality and conflict in society if refugees receive inferior services,” claims Professor Krasnik.
Would it be of relevance for the Nordic countries to launch research cooperation relating to migration? Yes, thinks Tuomas Martikainen of the Migration Institute of Finland. He has led the work with NordForsk's most recent policy paper, an overview of existing knowledge in the area of migration and integration.