“The question of how those who are new in Sweden, not least the children, best can be integrated in our society is a real key issue for Sweden’s future. Stockholm University will, with this initiative, take its responsibility and contribute where we can: in research, education and collaboration with society”, says Vice-Chancellor Astrid Söderbergh Widding at Stockholm University.

The university’s research initiative will increase the knowledge about, and deepen the understanding of, the consequences of the rapid changes in society. It deals with the recent historic increase in people – not least children – who seek protection in Europe, and the new demands on Sweden’s ability to welcome them. There is an urgent need for research and the Human Science Academic Area of Stockholm University (Humanities, Law and Social Sciences) already contributes with education and research on for example children’s rights and vulnerability, transnationality and migration.

Focus on interdisciplinary knowledge exchange

Many of the social issues regarding children, migration and integration are handled based on knowledge and experience from different fields, which is why this new research effort is characterized by knowledge exchange between different scientific fields and disciplines. The idea is also to develop arenas for questions about children, migration and integration, where for example relevant public authorities and organizations can take part of the university’s research as well as establish contacts with the university and each other.

This research initiative on children, migration and integration is an interfaculty effort, coordinated by the Centre for Children’s Law, the Faculty of Law at Stockholm University. The work has already begun and several research positions will be advertised in autumn. During 2017 and 2018 there will be a number of events like workshops and seminars. In the beginning of 2019 there will be a final conference and a publication.