The number of participants from Syria more than doubled
In 2016, 24 000 persons participated in the introduction programme for new immigrants. This is an increase of 34 per cent from the previous year. The number of participants from Syria more than doubled to 7 500.
The number of participants in 2016 is the highest since the programme started in 2005, according to new figures from the statistics Introduction programme for immigrants.
Many participants from Syria
In 2016, the highest number of participants came from Syria, followed by Eritrea and Somalia. Syria had the highest increase in participants compared with the previous year.
Figure 1. Participants by largest country of birth 2016 and year of participation
Figure 2. Participants in the introduction programme 2016 who immigrated during 2015 as a share of all immigrants in 2015. Ten largest countries 2016. 18-55 years
47 per cent increase in male participants
In 2016 14 700 men and 9 300 women participated in the programme. The number of male participants increased by 47 per cent in a year. 46 per cent of all participants were between 26 and 35 years old.
Three of four were still registered in the programme at the end of the year
Seventy-five per cent of the participants in 2016 were still registered in the programme at the end of the year.
Figure 3. Participants by country of birth and sex. 2016
More municipalities involved
Over the last years more municipalities have settled refugees and thereby also participants in the introduction programme. In 2016 407 municipalities had participants, while the number the previous year was 366.
Some received social assistance
Every participant in the introduction programme receives an introduction benefit. One of the main ideas behind this payment is to create an alternative to social assistance.
Among the 7 500 who received the introduction benefit for the whole of 2016, 17 per cent received social assistance in addition to the introduction benefit for at least six months.