Nordic conference on voices of people with immigrant background

The Education and Training Service Centre (ETSC) in Iceland and the Nordic Network for Adult Learning (NVL) lead the project “Voices of people with an immigrant background – inclusion in education, work and society” in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour and the Ministry of Education and Children. The project is part of the ministries’ plan for the presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2023. 

In the project, focus group meetings will be held in five regions in Iceland with groups of young people with immigrant background (18-35 years old) to highlight their views on access to education, work, and other areas of society. The views of various stakeholders and service providers as well as companies / organisations will also be sought on how processes can be adapted to the needs of immigrants.  

On May 11th, a Nordic conference will be held where policy makers and various stakeholders will come together to work with the results and formulate a plan of action based on the method of design thinking.  

The project is funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers, both Education and Research (EK-U) and Labor (EK-A). 

Date and time: May 11th  (8:30-17:00)  

Invitation onlyPlease register here

Place: Hótel Natura in Reykjavík, Iceland 

Language: English 

Conference program draft  

8:30 – 10:00 Opening speeches and presentations of research findings 

10:20-12:00 Nordic presentations on policy development and input focused on increasing inclusion. 

Themes: Working life and society, education and inclusion, learning and society (Nordic countries present, the Nordic Welfare centre presents main research in the area) 

12:00- 12:40 Lunch 

12:40 – 14:30 Workshop based on design thinking leading to identification of action points 

14:30 – 14: 50 Coffee and mingle 

14:50 – 16:45 Workshop continued and findings reviewed 

16:45 – 17:00 Closing speech, followed with time for networking 

For more information, contact: 

Fjóla María Lárusdóttir 

Antra Carlsen  

Information material

The Nordic Welfare Centre, an institution under the social sector of the Nordic Council of Ministers. We coordinate a project that gathers, produces and disseminates Nordic knowledge on integration of refugees and immigrants. Our website is

You can find our publications here.

Some interesting material for your topic could be:

– The current situation of reception of refugees from Ukraine: Implementation of temporary protection for refugees from Ukraine – A systematic review of the Nordic countries, Dec 2022

– Health issues: Health Literacy among immigrants, 2022

– About labour market integration: Combatting long-term unemployment among immigrants beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, a comparative study analysing labour market integration of 280 000 adult refugees settled in Scandinavia, 2022 (a short version is coming up this spring)

– Education: preschool as an arena for integration for the whole family, 2021

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