Social integration processes and plans for inclusion are often too one-sided, as an activity from society for immigrants. To adress this students at the MA programme in Ethnic and Migration Studies have organized a one day workshop on inclusion on April 24 on Campus Norrköping.

Hammam Skaik, Andrea Nold, Haqqi Bahram believe that processes of social integration and inclusion policies should happen with immigrants and society as participating agents, for a better outcome and a more functioning society.

remeso, integration, eng Photo credit: Tom HennenTo put a light on this they have organized a workshop with refugee-led organizations and researchers to discuss practices of social integration and inclusion policies: Let’s Talk Inclusion - Bridging Research and Practice. The event is part of a wider vision for research and policy development that is centered on refugee-led organizations and includes examples of inclusionary work and to thus bridge practical experiences and academic research on social integration, inclusion and participation.

The one-day workshop will be held on the 24th of April 2018 on Campus Norrköping, room B 42 in Bomullsspinneriet. The workshop will consist of presentation sessions in the morning followed by a panel discussion in the afternoon (see detailed agenda below). Participation is highly welcome from researchers, civil society actors, public services and students. The event is open for the public.the language is English.

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10:00-10:15 Welcome and opening by the organizers
10:15-10:30 Presentation of LiU’s Initiative for Refugee Questions by Ulrika Åstrand

10:30-10:55 Adam Elsod (The Young Republic)
10:55-11:20 Ragheb Aljaoor (Support Group network )
11:20:11:30 Break
11:30-11:55 Peo Hansen, Professor at LiU
11:55-12:20 Alexandra Ålund, Professor Emerita at LiU
12:20-1:30 Break

13:30-15:00 Panel Discussion

Erik Berggren, Senior Research Coordinator at LiU

Alexandra Ålund
Mayssa Rekhis (The Young Republic)
Adnan Abdul Ghani (Support Group Network)
Sly Agouda, (Östergötland Region)
15:00-15:30 Closing session

About the refugee-led organizations:

The Young Republic:
The Young Republic is an award-winning youth organization, working to empower young refugees to foster their democratic participation, civic engagement and social inclusion in their new communities in Europe. The Young Republic is registered in Sweden as a non- governmental organization since January 2015 and carried its activities in Sweden and 7 other European countries, working with young refugees, host communities, and decision-makers, and reaching more than 500 beneficiaries.

Support Group Network:
Support Group Network (SGN), is a non-profit organization initiated by refugees and collaborates with local societies to improve integration of asylum seekers, refugees and immigrants, for whom SGN provides psychosocial support through creating need-based activities and projects aiming to enhance their future in Europe or home countries if they go back. SGN functions as an umbrella that gathers associations and individuals efforts aiming to help and support asylum seekers, refugees and immigrants to integrate in the hosting countries.