UNHCR and partners have organized focus group discussions with Ukrainian refugees in Denmark, Finland, and Sweden.
In order to ensure that the voices of Ukrainian refugees are heard in discussions and legislation about their conditions and future, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency in the Nordic and Baltic Countries, has launched a project to gather information and increase the participation of Ukrainian refugees.
As part of the project, the Danish Refugee Council, the Finnish Refugee Council and Svenska med baby have conducted focus group discussions with Ukrainian refugees in their respective countries. The focus groups have included different target groups of Ukrainian refugees – and discussions have touched on the refugees’ views on their reception to the country, their current situation and their thoughts about the future.
Meaningful and full inclusion of refugees is essential to create an inclusive protection environment – and the aim of this project is to increase Ukrainian refugees’ engagement and make sure that their inputs and views are heard and considered.
The research and results will be presented as a consolidated report in the first quarter of 2023, outlining a comparative overview of the findings in Denmark, Finland and Sweden.
In collaboration with the Nordic Council of Ministers, UNHCR is organizing a seminar on the reception of Ukrainian refugees in the Nordic countries on 8 December in Stockholm and online. The preliminary findings from the focus group discussions will also be presented at the seminar.