IM was founded in 1938 and has been fighting poverty and exclusion ever since. In Sweden, they focus mainly on integration and they have a broad variety of activities that help newcomers (of all ages) find their way into Swedish society and the Swedish language.
Some of their activities are:
- Help newly arrived children with homework (Läxhjälp)
- Help newly arrived teenagers find a spare time activity or hobby (Move it)
- Match newcomers with Swedes who want to hang out (Duo)
- Invite adults to regular meet ups to practice Swedish, chit-chat, have a coffee or simply enjoy good company (Språkfika, Tala Svenska)
- Special activity groups for children seeking asylum in Sweden and children who recently received a residence permit and who are in the processes of resettling in Sweden. (BIV & BIS)
Remember that many organisations offer activities for newly arrivals, so if IM doesn’t have an activity in your city, another organisation might have. Learn more here.
You can – as a Newbie – either join any of these activities or choose to engage yourself as volunteer. Engaging and helping others out is a great way to build friendships. It is also a good way to show Swedish employers that you are able to find your way in a Swedish context.