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The latest news and stories from UNHCR in Northern Europe

Volunteers give refugees a taste of life in Lithuania

Aktyvus jaunimas (Active Youth), a youth group based in Vilnius, is trying to give newly arrived refugees a taste of their new home at the reception centre in Rukla, near Kaunas, Lithuania‘s second largest city. This group is one of many in Lithuania, working...

Health, distraction and integration – the story of how Sayed ran a marathon

For asylum-seekers waiting to have their application processed, time can go by very slowly. One solution is to start running – far. Sayed from Afghanistan has become a regular sight as he runs along the town roads on Sweden’s High Coast – and now he has completed a marathon in solidarity with the world’s refugees.

Refugee Children Play Music for Integration

As a prelude to World Refugee Day in Sweden, UNHCR organized a pop-up philharmonic concert for passers-by in central Stockholm. The concert was performed by child refugees and asylum-seekers from El Sistema Sweden Dream Orchestra.

How do you say servo-valve in Swedish? Basel’s phrasebook helps refugee engineers

Conductivity, servo-valves and stator cores – even if you are fluent in a language you might not know these words. This was the challenge for Basel Taleb, a refugee and electrical engineer who learnt Swedish in a couple of months – yet couldn’t grasp the technical jargon at his new workplace. So he built a tool to help himself – and other foreign engineers – to understand the Swedish energy sector.

The continuation of resettlement of refugees to Iceland is important

“It is crucial that Iceland continue to resettle refugees, as this is often the only durable solution for individuals who have fled because of persecution in their country of origin,” UNHCR’s regional representative for Northern Europe, Pia Prytz Phiri, said when she recently visited Iceland.