The City of Gothenburg has recently participated in the OECD program "A territorial approach to migrant integration: the role of local authorities" with EU funding. The project was coordinated by the city executive office. The starting point is the observation that in practice integration takes place at local level.
The authors of the study emphasize the importance of a cross-sectoral approach, because migration spans many areas of activity. They also emphasize the importance of closer cooperation between national, regional and local levels. The report was published in April 2018 and entitled "Working Together for Local Integration of Migrants and Refugees in Gothenburg" (Paris: OECD publishing)
The study takes a broad perspective on migrants, but with particular focus on asylum seekers, refugees, unaccompanied children / adolescents, and single women with children. The study provides a survey of migrants' situation, governance / leadership, policies and actions.
The purpose of the project is to raise awareness of different ways of "managing" migration issues locally and regionally, as well as identifying and disseminating good examples / practices, and making policy-level recommendations to the EU Commission, nationally and locally.
In the report, the strengths of Gothenburg's work are highlighted, among other things, that there is a great deal of involvement from the voluntary sector. The Integration center of the city's Social resources and services administration unit, is a good example of a meeting place where cooperation with the voluntary sector can be developed; the city's work with housing is ambitious and a challenge; the city's preventive security work and cooperation between social services and the police are unique in a European perspective.