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Innovation for Integration

In late 2015, Sweden received around 35,000 unaccompanied refugee minors, representing a historical peak. This rate was over 10 times higher than comparative figures of 2010. Sweden faces significant challenges in effectively integrating these minors, hence a critical need to build and scale new solutions, for a successful societal integration.

 

In response to this need, Reach for Change has launched a thematic incubator exclusively focused on improving the lives for unaccompanied refugee minors. Building on our research by assessing the need of the groups, gaps and interventions, we identified four focus areas for the incubator; “social & legal rights,” ”internship & employment,” “education,” and “social networks.”


Over the coming years the incubator will support the co-creation and scale up of selected initiatives through: (i) funding, (ii) business advisory, (iii) research and advocacy support. In addition, we believe that (iv) the platform for collaboration, will be critical for selected organisations to work collectively, explore synergies and to reach a common goal.

Organizations in the portfolio

As of 2017, the Innovation for Integration incubator supports five organizations operating within the identified focus areas: Barnrättsbyrån, Kompis Ungdom, Mitt Livs Val, Right to Play and IT Guide.

  • Barnrättsbyrån, founded by Elin Wernquist, supports unaccompanied minors with individual consultation on their social and legal rights.

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  • Kompis Ungdom, founded by Natassia Fry and Pegah Afsharian, matches unaccompanied youth with established Swedes through at buddy program.

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  • Mitt Livs Val, founded by Sofia Appelgren, is a mentorship program aiming to provide unaccompanied youth with better conditions for pursuing higher education

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  • Right to Play, founded by Johann Olav Koss, uses football as a tool for providing unaccompanied youth with a social platform, as well as developing life skills.

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  • IT Guide offers evening and holiday work opportunities to unaccompanied and newly arrived minors that are recruited to become IT guides, educating seniors in IT and at the same time learning Swedish, gaining work experience and developing their strengths.

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