Immigration and Participation - can it be done? Current research from Sweden gives a hint (– and cause for hope)

Mats Granlund, Research Leader of CHILD, writes: In Sweden more than 25% of all children have at least one parent born in another country and in the last years we have received a large amount of refugees to Sweden.

These facts have challenged the welfare systems in Sweden both concerning how services can adapt to the changes in demography and how we can support people coming from other countries to adapt to the Swedish context. 

That's one research topic area in which we recently have focused more; children with another ethnical background than Swedish and their participation. Can a large immigration lead to a satisfying participation? Current research gives us a hint.