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Symposium: Multicultural Scandinavia

Event Details

March 31—April 1, 2017 2:00 pm-6:00 pm

Integrative Learning Center

Room: 400

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission
Sherrill Harbison

Symposium:  Multicultural Scandinavia 

Less than a year ago the BBC announced that over 160,000 asylum seekers crossed into Sweden in 2015, which is more per capita than any other country in Europe. Sweden’s prime minister then declared: “My Europe doesn't build walls.” But only months later Sweden introduced border checks as it struggled to cope with up to 10,000 new arrivals every week.

The Scandinavian Studies program will hold an interdisciplinary two-day symposium with guest scholars from the U.S. and Scandinavia, who will address the topic “Managing Multicultural Scandinavia.”  While all the Scandinavian countries are generous welfare states, their policies and practices regarding immigration differ—Denmark's requirement that immigrants forfeit their valuables has received the most negative international attention, while Sweden's open door policy has overwhelmed the country's social services.

The panelists are experts on immigration experiences of Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland. They will explore the present political, societal and cultural approaches to the situation in Scandinavia, highlighting current and previous phases of immigration and debates surrounding them, to address the various countries' philosophies, implementations, results, and the challenges that remain.

The event is part of the Scandinavian Impulses series funded by the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation and sponsored by the German and Scandinavian Studies Program in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at UMass Amherst. It will be free and open to the public. Further details are forthcoming.   

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