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Working Together for Local Integration of Migrants and Refugees in Gothenburg

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Today, 34% of the population of Gothenburg, Sweden, was born outside of the country or has at least one parent born abroad. The city is growing at a fast pace: 4 400 new residents registered in 2016. Newcomers account for the bulk of demographic growth, of which 12 858 refugees settled in the city between 2010 and 2016. However, migration is not a new phenomenon in Gothenburg, with nearly 41.7% of migrant residents having arrived more than 10 years ago. The Gothenburg municipality has a significant track record in managing the impact of migration on local demand for work, housing, goods and services, cultural and linguistic diversity, and other parts of daily life. This report presents the way Gothenburg municipality and its state and non-state partners are addressing migrant integration issues and opportunities. It compiles data and qualitative evidence on how local integration efforts are designed and implemented within a multi-level governance framework.

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Block 3. Enabling conditions

Among the 30 proposals that the city drafted to reduce inequality (Gothenburg, 2014) many deal with the capacity development of the City itself, particularly in terms of capacity to interact, and establish public dialogue around inequality issues. Improving the knowledge of public servants about the rights and status of migrants is one of the priorities highlighted by civil society organisations. For instance, NGOs felt that rights-based access could sometimes be problematic due to the lack of knowledge about migrants’ status of public services (see section 2.2.2).

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