The settling-in process for immigrants in Sweden takes too long.
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.
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.
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! According to ÖppnaDörren’s impact assessment from 2020, 24% lands a job or an internship after a meeting through ÖppnaDörren and its partner organizations. In addition, 80% feel more included in the Swedish society. Meetings lead to networks, networks lead to jobs!
people have met through ÖppnaDörren
ÖppnaDörren meetings are currently carried out in over 20 locations
people have found jobs through the meetings facilitated by ÖppnaDörren
percent get to meet an employer
percent land a job or an internship
percent have gained better self-confidence
ÖppnaDörren is made up of several integration projects, including: “Nya Kompisbyrån” (previously “Invitationsdepartementet” and “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” 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.
Nya Kompisbyrån was formed when Invitationsdepartementet and Kompisbyrån, merged. It brings together people who want to improve their Swedish and people who speak fluent Swedish, over a homemade dinner, a coffee or an activity. 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
Yrkesdörren exported to Finland