Integration

Overall objectives

Equal rights, obligations, and opportunities

Växjö Municipality aims to provide everyone with equal rights, obligations, and opportunities regardless of ethnic or cultural background.

Everyone should be able to live and grow up in a safe environment and have faith in the future. Our citizens have the right to a municipality that has respect for diversity. The services we provide should be equally accessible, of an equal quality, and equally well adapted, for all.

All residents have an obligation to learn about, and comply with, the laws and regulations applying in Sweden, as well as taking responsibility for engaging in their communities.

Newly arrived immigrants are to be given a good induction into Swedish society. We aim to harness the experiences and abilities of the individual so as to benefit both the individual, and the wider community. We believe that work, and the ability to support yourself are the foundations for an independent life.

Integration does not only mean that immigrants must be adapted to Swedish society. Every citizen should be integrated into society. Integration involves achieving mutual respect for cultural differences.

Strategies

Getting more people into work and reducing alienation.

  • There should be a stable, flexible system for receiving and introducing newly arrived immigrants into the community. Ultimately, this should lead to immigrants being able to support themselves.
  • More of our citizens born abroad should be able to find work.
  • There should be a stable, flexible system for language teaching.
  • We aim to combat alienation among those born abroad.
  • We aim to reduce residential segregation.
  • Meetings between those of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds are to be encouraged.
  • Prejudice and negative attitudes towards, and between, different elements of the population are to be eliminated.

Follow up

Measuring change

  • The integration index, the Fokus journal's annual survey.
  • The number of people born abroad in employment compared with those born in Sweden.
  • The median income of those born abroad compared with those born in Sweden.
  • The residential segregation index provides a measurement of the extent to which ethnic minorities are placed together in the same residential areas.
  • The 'school integration index' – how the make-up of our schools' pupils compares to average figures in Växjö regarding ethnic background in the population.
  • The proportion of participants in our induction programme aged between 20–64 who are able to support themselves afterwards.
  • The proportion of participants in our induction programme aged between 20–64 who go on to do work experience, or find work during at least onehalf of the induction period.

Other follow-up

  • Equal treatment and handling – Do all of our citizens receive thesame treatment and handling regardless of their ethnic and cultural background? For example, when it comes to financial aid and home help?
  • Swedish for immigrants – Follow-up of courses.
  • Survey of citizens – Analysis based on whether individuals are bornabroad or in Sweden. This provides information regarding how those born abroad experience the municipality's services, as well as to what extent they can exert their influence in comparison with those born in Sweden.

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Senast uppdaterad: 27 augusti 2018
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