NCR employee participates in panel discussion at the American Swedish Institute
Abdirashid Ahmed, East African Community Specialist for the NCR department participated in a panel discussion at the American Swedish Institute on September 2nd that compared and contrasted the experience of Somalis in Sweden and the United States. Abdirashid joined Swedish scholars Dr. Benny Carlson and Dr. Tobias Schölin (Lund University) and Nasibu Sareva, Executive Director of the African Development Center of Minnesota (ADC) to discuss contemporary integration of immigrants in their new countries.
Dr. Carlson and Schölin recently led a study that compared integration policies, with a focus on mainstreaming versus targeted measures (including training programs for specific ethnic minority populations), in eight countries (including the U.S. and Sweden). While Sweden often ranks globally at the top and the U.S. at the bottom regarding policies for mainstreaming immigrants, Carlson and Schölin found that the opposite can also be true when comparing actual results.
Abdirashid spoke on behalf of his work with the East African Community in Minneapolis and finds that Somalis are integrating well, have their own shopping malls, restaurants, grocery stores, gas stations, transportation companies, real estate, money transfer businesses (local banks), charter and private schools, and mosques. Their involvement in politics is also increasing.
To learn more about the work of Abdirashid and the Access and Outreach Team, please visit: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/ncr/outreach/WCMS1P-143464.
Last updated Sep 10, 2015