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The large number of refugee migrants settling in Sweden faces many challenges to integrate into the new society in terms of language, norms, culture, rules and laws. Having fled war and oppressions, many people suffer from various forms of trauma. Studies indicate that migrants (and especially refugees) becomes more segregated and excluded in the new country, with lower education and higher unemployment. In connection, these migrant groups display a significantly lower health status. Integration and inclusion in the society is therefore the most important factor for the migrants to achieve a more positive health status and brighter future in the new society. 

Uddevalla municipality actively work to improve public health status among all its inhabitants. For this reason, the municipality would like to develop models and approaches suitable for the newly arrived people in the local society. This project hence aims to study and develop suitable tools that the municipality can apply to achieve its goals of health promoting integration.


Participating Researchers:
Professor Per Assmo, University West
Dr Thomas Winman, University West
Dr Marie Westerlind, University West

Collaboration Partners:
Uddevalla Municipality

External Funding:
Uddevalla Municipality

Time Frame:
2017 - 2018

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