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Nature-based integration

Nordic experiences and examples

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Increased attention to, and careful planning of the integration of migrants into Nordic societies is ever more important. Nature based integration is a new solution to respond to this need. This report presents the results of a Nordic survey and workshop and illustrates current practices of nature based integration by case study descriptions from Denmark, Sweden Norway and Finland. Across Nordic countries several practical projects and initiatives have been launched to promote the benefits of nature in integration and there is also growing academic interest in the topic. Nordic countries have the potential of becoming real forerunners in nature based integration even at the global scale.

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Conclusions

The increasing importance of immigrants, not least due to the recent influx of asylum seekers and refugees, in Nordic countries demands new types of solutions for their successful integration. The ORIGIN project set out to get an overview of what we know of the role of nature in the lives of the immigrants and how nature and outdoor recreation are used to facilitate the immigrants’ integration in Nordic countries. The results of the project illustrate that throughout Nordic countries, a number of projects and initiatives have been launched to promote the benefits of nature in integration, but information and experiences gathered in these remain very fragmented. A key conclusion of the project is that there is a real need for developing further Nordic cooperation in this field.

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