Inclusive Societies? The integration of immigrants in Iceland

About the project

The RANNIS - Icelandic Centre For Research – funded project Inclusive Societies aims to compare integration patterns of immigrants in Iceland in various municipalities across the country. The project’s goal is to examine immigrants’ situation in the Icelandic society with regards to language, employment, education, culture and satisfaction. The project will also investigate the attitude among the Icelandic population towards immigration and immigrants.

Led by the University of Akureyri, the project will run for three years until March 2020 with ten partners from the University of Iceland, the University of Tromsø, the University of Lapland and the University of Luxembourg. 

This project will deliver a comprehensive overview of the integration of immigrants in Iceland and map the various aspects of integration across all regions. These benchmark data will allow the monitoring of progress in the future on opinions concerning immigration, but also immigrants’ participation in the country. Ultimately, understanding the dynamics behind integration processes is essential for the development of a healthy interaction between different members of society. This in turn will provide a framework to understand how to achieve greater equality in the society as a whole.

Contact person

Markus Meckl, Professor, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Akureyri, Iceland