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Innovating for integration with the Stenbeck Foundation in Sweden








In late 2015, Sweden received around 35,000 unaccompanied refugee minors who had left their homes because of persecution, oppression, poverty, war or disasters. Some had fled alone, some had left their country with their families but was shattered on their way. They all needed a chance to rebuild their lives.


The amount of unaccompanied minors represented an all-time high for Sweden. There was a critical need to build and scale new solutions, for a successful societal integration. At the same time, municipalities and other actors were crying out for new solutions to support them in their work.


In response to this need, Reach for Change partnered with the Stenbeck Foundation and launched a thematic incubator exclusively focused on improving the lives for unaccompanied 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. Through this targeted approach, we have been able to secure a collective impact for a target group greatly in need of the hope that new solutions gives. Learn more about Innovation for Integration here !

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