ÖppnaDörren – Open the Door

“ÖppnaDörren” or Open the Door aims to create opportunities for established and new Swedes to meet, speak and learn from each other. Our goal is to assist those new to Sweden to broadening their networks and meeting new people to ultimately help them integrate into Sweden easily. We do this by supporting existing projects that, through a low threshold approach, organize a variety of easy and fun-filled meetings between established and new Swedes.

The settling-in process for immigrants in Sweden takes too long.

The settling-in process for immigrants in Sweden takes too long.

The Issue

In recent years, we have seen the greatest immigration to Sweden since the 1990s, which contributes directly to Sweden’s growth. At the same time, we see that Sweden is more segregated, that skilled labor is not being utilized, and that more immigrants are witnessing growing exclusion. The settling-in process for immigrants in Sweden simply takes too long.

Our Solution

ÖppnaDörren wants to make it as easy as possible for individuals to contribute to integration through short, fun-filled meetings between people who come from different backgrounds.

ÖppnaDörren wants to make it as easy as possible for individuals to contribute to integration.

ÖppnaDörren wants to make it as easy as possible for individuals to contribute to integration.

Results

Since 2015, more than 50,000 people have met through ÖppnaDörren. The majority of the participants state that they feel more included and integrated into Swedish society, and many have also received employment as a result of their meetings through ÖppnaDörren. Meetings lead to networks and networks lead to jobs!

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people have met through ÖppnaDörren

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ÖppnaDörren meetings are currently carried out in over 20 locations

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people have found jobs through the meetings facilitated by ÖppnaDörren

Partners

ÖppnaDörren is made up of several integration projects, including: “Invitationsdepartementet”, “Kompisbyrån”, “Svenska med Baby” and Axfoundation’s own initiative “Yrkesdörren”. All of these integration activities have a low threshold for engagement, are easy to take part in and facilitate a variety of meetings between established Swedes and immigrants. Since May 2017, the ÖppnaDörren sub-project “ÖppnaDörren for new arrivals” has been co-financed by the European Social Fund, ESF.

Yrkesdörren

“Yrkesdörren” matches new Swedes and established Swedes, with expertise from the same industry. These meetings help broaden professional networks and speed up establishment in the job market.

 

Invitationsdepartementet

Invitationsdepartementet brings together people who want to improve their Swedish  and people who speak fluent Swedish over a homemade dinner. Learning about new cultures comes easiest with good food and conversation!

Kompisbyrån

Kompisbyrån, loosely translated to the buddy agency, helps people with different backgrounds but similar interests to meet in their spare time to speak Swedish and do activities together. These everyday meetings lead to an increased understanding between culturally different individuals.

Svenska med baby

Svenska med Baby facilitates meetings between children and parents, from different residential areas and with different cultural backgrounds. Through accessible and open parent groups Svenska med baby works against segregation, building new bridges and creating opportunities to better your Swedish through conversations and laughter.

Projects within Inclusive Societies

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