Sweden United

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Sweden United is a non profit organization with this vision:

To work in partnership with society,
with the aim of helping each immigrant to
reach their full potential.

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Sweden United

  1. 1. Sweden United Foreword 28.01.10 We are just launching Sweden United. This document is meant to serve as an idea springboard so, your comments are most welcome! The founders believe our mission is compelling and is not only of interest to Sweden, but to the world, as many nations face similar challenges with immigration. We look forward to share our story. Website: www.swedenunited.org
  2. 2. Sverige Förenat Sweden United Bringing together immigrants and natives for the benefit of both.
  3. 3. Part I : Introduction Vision, Need, Values, Goals A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history. ~ Mohandas Gandhi
  4. 4. Sweden United’s Vision <ul><li>To work in partnership with society, </li></ul><ul><li>with the aim of helping each immigrant to </li></ul><ul><li>reach their full potential. </li></ul><ul><li>By achieving our vision we believe the </li></ul><ul><li>standards for everyone living in Sweden will </li></ul><ul><li>increase. </li></ul>A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What a man can be, he must be ~ Abraham Maslow
  5. 5. Why is there a need for Sweden United? <ul><li>Immigrants regardless of background face similar challenges. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Employment, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Education, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Acceptance into Society. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Alone no immigrant group is more than 2% of the population. United we are over 20% of the population. </li></ul><ul><li>Standing together united gives us 1 strong voice. </li></ul><ul><li>Immigrants to realize their full potential must create their own destiny. </li></ul><ul><li>40 Years ago Sweden was relatively homogenous, today we are a multi-cultural society. Yet, there exist divides in education, income, and opportunity for immigrants in Sweden. By uniting and crossing the divide, in partnership with natives; we contribute together, work together, live together in one nation as equals. </li></ul>What makes loneliness an anguish is not that I have no one to share my burden, but this: I have only my burden to bear . ~ Dag Hammarskjold
  6. 6. Sweden United Values <ul><li>1. We believe in and support the Swedish Constitution. For immigrants the most important part may be Chapter 1, Article 2…. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“… .. The public institutions shall promote the opportunity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>for all to attain participation and equality in society. The </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>public institutions shall combat discrimination of persons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>on grounds of gender, colour, national or ethnic origin, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>linguistic or religious affiliation, functional disability, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>sexual orientation, age or other circumstance affecting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the private person.  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Opportunities should be promoted for ethnic, linguistic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>and religious minorities to preserve and develop a </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>cultural and social life of their own.” </li></ul></ul>There is nothing less to our credit than our neglect of the foreigner and his children, unless it be the arrogance most of us betray when we set out to Americanize him ~ Charles Horton Cooley
  7. 7. Sweden United Values - Continued <ul><li>Sweden United believes Immigrants, in sum, shall have a positive impact on Sweden economically, culturally, and socially. </li></ul><ul><li>Sweden United believes that strong relations between natives and immigrants in the workplace and in our leisure time are important for the overall health of the society. </li></ul><ul><li>Sweden United strives to ensure that immigrants are seen by the majority in Sweden as a benefit to the society. </li></ul><ul><li>Sweden United believes in diversity and a broad array of opinions bring Sweden closer together and make Sweden a better place. We believe this is possible because we perceive Sweden as an open minded and forward thinking society. </li></ul><ul><li>Sweden United believes that equality and merit are compatible with one another. </li></ul><ul><li>Sweden United believes that a healthy welfare state is possible only with a strong private sector economy, in particular, exports. We believe immigrants should play a key role in Sweden’s export economy. </li></ul>We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams. ~ Jimmy Carter
  8. 8. Sweden United’s Goals <ul><li>To ensure all immigrants coming to Sweden start comprehensive language courses within days not months of arriving. </li></ul><ul><li>To develop mentoring and work programs designed so immigrants enter the workplace in weeks not years with the overall goal of reducing unemployment among immigrants to native levels. </li></ul><ul><li>To develop work environments where high skilled workers can begin applying their skills immediately while studying the language. </li></ul><ul><li>To create a positive and attractive business climate to attract foreign capital and talent. </li></ul><ul><li>To establish a dialogue within the society about immigration reform aimed at attracting higher percentages of talented workers and entrepreneurs. </li></ul><ul><li>To work in concert with private enterprise to create the jobs. To work in partnership with government to stimulate the foundation for creation of jobs focused on export. </li></ul><ul><li>For Sweden to become a beacon of enlightenment for the world on the topic of immigration and to share that story very with the world. </li></ul>A right delayed is a right denied. ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  9. 9. Thank You! <ul><li>Would you like to contribute your ideas and efforts into building </li></ul><ul><li>Sweden United? </li></ul><ul><li>If you know anyone interested in helping please forward this on. </li></ul><ul><li>If you are interested in helping out please send an email to: </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Website: www.swedenunited.org </li></ul>Never for the sake of peace and quiet deny your convictions ~ Dag Hammarskjold

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