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4. Social Inclusion

This chapter presents current initiatives taken by the Swedish Government for promoting social inclusion of young people. Among the initiatives, the following two are of special interest. 

The Government has since 2015 a strategy for young people who neither work nor study. The strategy (see chapter 4.3 for more details) presents measures the government has taken, or will take, in the years 2015–2018. The strategy concerns young people between 15 and 25 years of age, focusing on those who are facing the greatest difficulties in terms of social inclusion. Groups specifically targeted are young people with disabilities, those who have not completed upper secondary school and young immigrants.

Government’s strategy to counter violent extremism was presented in June 2016. The strategy (see chapter 4.5 for more details) presents actions for boosting the development of social skills, critical thinking and awareness of democratic rights and obligations among young people. The prevention dimension of the strategy focuses on groups and individuals receptive to recruitment to violent extremism. The preemption dimension focuses on measures geared towards individuals in violent extremist environments and their relatives.