We believe that face to face meetings are one of the key ways to reach understanding.
About the Program
Research shows that the most effective way to settle into a new country is through work and language. We believe that the physical meeting is one of the key ways to reach cross-cultural understanding and an essential step to stop the increasing segregation in Sweden. We also believe that in order to have the courage and time to take part in integration activities, the threshold for engagement must be low. For these reasons Axfoundation created “ÖppnaDörren”, which consists of three integration projects: “Nya Kompisbyrån” (a merge between “Kompisbyrån” and “Invitationsdepartementet”), Svenska med baby” and “Yrkesdörren”.
ÖppnaDörren gathered the three already existing initiatives Kompisbyrån, Invitationsdepartementet and Svenska med baby in order to support and help them scale up their operations. Yrkesdörren, on the other hand, is created and managed by Axfoundation. All these projects aim to make it easier for immigrants to meet and make new contacts through activities that take no more than an hour to complete.
“The face to face meetings, the conversations, the opportunity to understand Swedish culture, and also for us Swedes to understand the culture of others, is absolutely crucial for integration.” – Antonia Ax:son Johnson
Yrkesdörren exported to Finland