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11 May 08:30 - 11:00Medelhavsmuseet

In the aftermath of the vast influx of refugees in 2015, France and Sweden are now facing the important challenge of finding sustainable pathways to societal and economic integration. 

In this context, the seminar aims at presenting best practices from the two countries to help policy makers and civil society develop innovative and efficient measures. Key actors from both countries will offer their analyses and reflect on how we can best facilitate the integration process. This breakfast seminar will focus on two major themes: labor market integration and challenges in the housing sector. 

Two round tables will include Charlotte Schneider, Project Manager for Refugees and Migrants, City of Paris, Patrik Derk, Head of Rinkeby-Kista District Administration and former CEO at Telge Hovsjö, Maureen Hoppers, Communications Director for Axfoundation's initative Öppna Dörren, Fredrik Jurdell, Deputy CEO at the City of Stockholm, Vincent Berne, Director of the CALM network at the French NGO Singa, and Mo Sarraf, Urban Planner at WSP and Researcher at Uppsala University.

The State Secretary to the Minister for Employment and Integration, Anders Kessling, will open the seminar together with the Ambassador of France to Sweden, Jacques Lapouge. The conversation will be moderated by Alexander Crawford, Process manager at Swedish independent think tank Global Utmaning.

PROGRAM

8.30-9.00: Coffee and registration 

9.00: Welcome by moderator Alexander Crawford, Global Utmaning 

9.05: Introduction by the Ambassador of France to Sweden, Jacques Lapouge,  and the State Secretary to the Minister for Employment and Integration, Anders Kessling.

9.25: First round table - Society and labor market integration
The purpose of this session is to discuss sustainable pathways and best practices of both labor market integration and societal integration. 

Presentation:
Charlotte Schneider, Project Manager for Refugees and Migrants, City of Paris

Panel discussion:
Charlotte Schneider, Project Manager for Refugees and Migrants, City of Paris 
Patrik Derk, Head of Rinkeby-Kista District Administration, former CEO, Telge Hovsjö
Maureen Hoppers, Communications Director, Öppna Dörren/Open the Door, Axfoundation

Q&A

10.10: Second round table - Challenges in the housing sector
During this session, panelists will reflect on the access and transition to permanent housing and the links to social inclusion.

Presentations:
Fredrik Jurdell, Deputy CEO, City of Stockholm
Vincent Berne, Director, CALM network, SINGA (French NGO)

Panel discussion:
Fredrik Jurdell, Deputy CEO, City of Stockholm 
Vincent Berne, Director, CALM network, Singa
Mo Sarraf, Urban Planner, WSP/Researcher, Uppsala University

Q&A

10.55: Closing by moderator Alexander Crawford, Global Utmaning

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Anders ​Kessling
State Secretary to the Minister for Employment and Integration

Anders Kessling is the State Secretary responsible for integration issues and issues related to the government’s Secretariat for the coordination and direction of the refugee situation (SIRF). Kessling has over 10 years’ experience from the Swedish government offices, including as Head of the labor market unit at the Ministry of Employment and Head of the unit for governance of migration issues at the Ministry of Justice.

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Jacques Lapouge
Ambassador of France to Sweden

Jacques Lapouge is the Ambassador of France to Sweden since 2014. He has held several high positions in the French diplomatic service, such as Ambassador to South Africa, Ambassador to Malaysia and Director for economic and financial affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Before assuming his position in Sweden, Jacques Lapouge was the Ambassador for the climate change negotiations between 2013 and 2014.

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Charlotte Schneider
Project Manager for Refugees and Migrants, City of Paris

The City of Paris is currently implementing a Mobilization plan towards Refugees with 18 commitments from the reception to the integration phase. Charlotte Schneider is in charge of this comprehensive project and has 10 years’ previous experience in humanitarian issues as Head of Emergencies operations and as Country Director in Haiti and Afghanistan for the non-profit organization Action Against Hunger.

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Patrik Derk
Head of Rinkeby-Kista District Administration and former CEO at Telge Hovsjö

Telge Hovsjö is a housing company, owned by the municipality of Södertälje, with the mission to reduce segregation and to ensure residents’ influence in development processes. During his time at Telge Hovsjö, Patrik Derk established the initiative “Hovsjöbyggarna” that provides training and employment in the company, as a way to increase the attractiveness of the city district. Patrik Derk is the Head of Rinkeby-Kista District Administration in Stockholm since 2015. 

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Maureen Hoppers
Communications Director, Öppna Dörren/Open the Door, Axfoundation

Open the Door helps new Swedes (newly-arrived) and established Swedes to connect, build networks and friendship with the long-term objective to help increase diversity in the workplace as well as in society in general. Maureen Hopper has over 15 years’ experience in diversity and integration issues and is currently working with inclusion and diversity projects for the Swedish non-profit organization Axfoundation.

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Fredrik Jurdell
Deputy CEO, City of Stockholm

As Deputy CEO of the City of Stockholm, Fredrik Jurdell is also the Head of the City’s Welfare Development Department which coordinates the City’s reception of newly-arrived and the municipal social investment fund. Prior to this position, Fredrik Jurdell was the CEO of the City’s housing company SHIS which offers housing to vulnerable groups, including newly-arrived.

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Vincent Berne
Director of the CALM network, Singa

The French NGO Singa has brought a new approach to refugee integration through self-empowerment initiatives, such as the CALM (Comme à la Maison) network. CALM aims at lifting social and cultural barriers to integration by connecting refugees with established individuals for co-housing. Vincent Berne has an academic background in sociology and is in charge of developing CALM in France and Canada.

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Mo Sarraf
Urban Planner, WSP and Researcher, Uppsala University

WSP is a global consultancy service targeting the built and natural environments. As an urban planner and researcher, Mo Sarraf focuses on social sustainability in relation to the situation of living 'together-in-difference' as well as on urban form and socio-cultural grouping of people in multicultural cities.

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Moderator: Alexander Crawford
Process Manager, Global Utmaning

Alexander Crawford leads the Swedish think tank Global Utmaning’s seminar series and has 20 years’ experience in external analysis and foresight studies. He was previously research director at the Tällberg Foundation, a Swedish platform aiming to promote education and research on global issues, and led the yearly international conference Tällberg Forum on global cooperation.

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About us

Embassy of France in Sweden @FranceinSweden france.stockholm-amba@diplomatie.gouv.fr

The Embassy of France in the Kingdom of Sweden represents the Republic of France and its political, economic, social and cultural relations with Sweden. The two countries have a close relationship; both support for example a deepening of social cooperation in Europe and work closely on EU foreign policy. Other fields of close collaboration are environment and climate, as well as research and innovation. The Ambassador of France to Sweden is Jacques Lapouge since 2014.

Global Utmaning @GlobalUt info@globalutmaning.se

Global Utmaning is an independent think tank that promotes long-term solutions to crises and challenges in the ecological, economic and social systems through collaboration between research, business, politics and civil society, working with strategic analysis, policy solutions and advocacy through policy dialogues, seminars and reports. Global Utmaning has a qualified and experienced network of over 90 senior advisors with cross-sectoral expertise and a strong belief in the future.