Introductory initiatives for social participation and mental health among refugees in Sweden
Forced migrants face specific challenges in arriving in a new setting and society. Having fled conflict or persecution, many have traumatic experiences from their place of origin and their journey, and the prevalence of mental ill-health is higher among forced migrants than the general population. In such situations, learning a new language, adjusting to a new context and finding a job may be extra challenging. The expectation from host societies is nevertheless that refugees will integrate and establish themselves on the labour market as fast as possible. In Sweden, as in many other countries, refugees are provided introductory measures such as language training, internships and courses concerning the host society’s culture and values. The focus of this project is on the aspects of refugees’ mental health and social participation in these processes of introduction and integration.
Another area in the project concerns parenthood and parental support for families resettling after forced migration.
Henrik Eriksson, Professor, Project Leader
Erika Sigvardsdotter, Researcher, Senior Lecturer
Kim Silow Kallenberg, Postdoctoral Researcher
Joacim Larsen, Researcher, Senior Lecturer
Vanna Nordling, Researcher
Josefin Klöfvermark, Research Assistant