Professor Allan Krasnik awarded NOK 30 million for research into integration – University of Copenhagen

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20 May 2015

Professor Allan Krasnik awarded NOK 30 million for research into integration

Funding

Professor Allan Krasnik, Director of the Danish Research Centre for Migration, Ethnicity and Health, University of Copenhagen, has just received NOK 30 million from NordForsk for the CAGE (Coming of Age in Exile) research project. The project will initially focus on the living conditions of young refugees in relation to the Nordic countries' welfare policy.

"There is much to indicate that young refugees live under other and less favourable social, economic and health conditions than the rest of the population. It is therefore very important that we find out how the problems arise and how we can solve them, so that we can become better at integrating new Nordic citizens," says Centre Director, Professor Allan Krasnik.

The project is a collaboration between leading research groups in the Nordic countries. By means of registry data, policy documents and qualitative interviews, the Nordic researchers will investigate how social, economic and health inequalities arise among refugees and their children. The project will also focus on how the socio-economic and health conditions interact with the Nordic countries' welfare policies within, for example, health, education and the labour market.

"The project will first and foremost create new knowledge about the mechanisms that trigger inequality in health and socio-economic conditions among groups of refugees in the Nordic countries. This will also allow us to identify opportunities for improved welfare initiatives, both politically and in practice in the Nordic countries. Furthermore, we hope that this new knowledge will help us to become better at coordinating health, education, labour and other important factors for our welfare society," says Allan Krasnik.

Facts about the project
• CAGE (Coming of Age in Exile) – Health and Socio-Economic Inequities in Young Refugees in the Nordic Welfare Societies – has just been awarded NOK 30 million from NordForsk.
• The pan-Nordic project is headed by Professor Allan Krasnik, Director of the Danish Research Centre for Migration, Ethnicity and Health at the Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen.
• The four-year project will shed light on how social, economic and health inequality develops among young refugees, and how the factors interact with each other and with the other Nordic countries' welfare systems.

Contact information:
Centre Director, Professor Allan Krasnik: tel. : +45 35 32 79 71, mobile: +45 23 32 11 45, email: alk@sund.ku.dk