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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

Through the Innovation for Integration program, Reach for Change provides incubator support to six organizations operating within the identified focus areas: Barnrättsbyrån, Kompis Ungdom, Mitt Livs Val, Right To Play, IT Guide and The Good Talents.

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

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    Right To Play Sweden is run by Anna Lindh and Thomas Breisten with the vision of creating a healthier and safer society through education, play and sport. Through capacity building of unaccompanied youth and making them active participants in sport clubs this creates a natural forum for successful integration.

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  • Mitt Livs Val is a mentorship program aiming to provide unaccompanied youths with better conditions for pursuing higher education.

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    The Good Talents is leadership and social entrepreneurship programs for youth, with since 2017 a particular focus on unaccompanied and newly arrived youths. The program aims to give youths the knowledge, tools and networks needed to survive in an increasingly unstable job market.

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  • IT Guide offers evening and holiday work opportunities to unaccompanied and newly arrived minors. As "IT guides", they educate seniors, at the same time learning Swedish, gaining work experience and developing their strengths.

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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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Gayathri Rathinavelu

Gayathri Rathinavelu PROGRAM MANAGER, INNOVATION FOR INTEGRATION

gayathri.rathinavelu@reachforchange.org

Phone: +46 (0)707 64 05 14

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