In ‘Welcome to Skåne’, the different activities within PS are united, enabling many synergies. In the town of Landskrona, associations and libraries have joined forces to create opportunities for newly arrived migrants to speak and practise the Swedish language. Photo Nils Bergendal
A successful integration is all about creating contexts that encourage and facilitate social participation, with a view to promoting trust between people.
The project ‘Welcome to Skåne’ is carried out through an extended civic and health communication where the newly arrived migrants and social actors meet on home turf. The history and culture of the home municipality is presented to the migrants through a cooperation between the civic and health communicators, on the one hand, and museums, libraries and representatives of the business sector and working life as well as various associations, on the other hand. The purpose is to create and facilitate points of contact and opportunities for meeting people as well as for meaningful experiences in the different local communities in the region.
The evaluation of the project “Welcome to Skåne” is conducted in two stages during 2016-2020. It investigates what importance an extended programme for civic and health communication, located on different societal arenas, may have for a number of health-related determinants, namely, social capital, sense of coherence, the possibility to assimilate information in the new country, faith in one’s own ability, and a sense of control over one’s own situation. Due to a special assignment, a comparison between those factors has also been carried out in connection to the type of residence permit that the respondents have, something which has become particularly relevant since the introduction of temporary residence permits in Sweden in 2016.
Results from the baseline survey show a considerable prevalence of mental ill health among the target group in general, but in particular among those who have been granted temporary residence permits. Furthermore, the results point to the fact that a large proportion of the newly arrived migrants have inadequate or problematic health literacy, that is, the ability to find, understand and absorb health information. Participation in civic and health communication, and in the extended programme of “Welcome to Skåne”, has, according to the preliminary results, been well received and the answers indicate that the extended programme may have a positive impact on the factors under investigation. Articles based on collected data from this project have been published in the Journal of Social Medicine in the spring of 2019, and a complete report about the results of the evaluation will be presented during the autumn of 2019