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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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Migration insights: Flows, stock and nationality

Sweden has a longstanding history of migration. People have migrated to Sweden since the 1500s. Gothenburg has a history as a city of commerce, trade, shipyard and manufacturing. The Swedish East India Company was settled in Gothenburg in the 18th century. It has been characterised by immigration since the 1600s, with Dutch architecture helping construct the canal system and the British contributing to trade and industrialisation of the city during the 1700s and 1800s.

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