Startsida Umeå kommun

Introduction of refugees

Viva Integration is the unit within Viva Competencecenter that is responsible for issues dealing with welcoming refugees. Viva as a whole is responsible for issues dealing with, guidance, introduction, adult education and the labor market in the municipality of Umeå.

The aim of Viva Integration is to provide each arriving refugee with an introduction into the Swedish society. In cooperation with individual refugees and other involved authorities, a plan of action is established. The plan contains planning and a review of the individuals basic needs to be met in order to enter the Swedish society.

This can concern accommodation, the personal situation of the individual refugee, family circumstances, studies, possibilities to work, needs of children, rehabilitation etc. Before being enrolled into Swedish childcare, refugee children in pre-school ages get two terms of acclimatization in the municipal refugee preschool in Umeå.

Similar acclimatization is offered to children entering into compulsory schools and upper secondary school. Adult refugees study Swedish for immigrants for two to three terms in combination with practical training.

Viva Integration as a unit also serves the refugee community as a whole with guidance concerning the Swedish society.


Carina Lindberg
Head of unit

Street address:
Sveagatan 8


Umeå kommun
Skolgatan 31A
901 84 Umeå
090-16 10 00



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