Like most people who move to Sweden, we also came here with a romanticized notion of what life could be like. Assuming the integration would be a piece of cake and that finding a job while learning the language would be a matter of a few months if not weeks.
Over a period of time, we realized the reality was quite different than what we had anticipated. We noticed the huge cultural gaps between New Swedes (A term we like to use instead of immigrants and expats) and Established Swedes (Native residents of Sweden). Naturally owing to this gap, people preferred to stay and move in clusters they most identified with.
This is when the seed for Peers Bridge was planted in our minds.
We interacted with several people, local and newcomers representing a diverse population. We slowly learnt the struggle was not just to find employment but also to adapt this new way of life. And thus, we created Peers Bridge.
Through Peers Bridge and it’s initiatives, we hope to integrate within the current system and support newcomers with the knowledge that will help them understand unwritten codes and norms of Sweden while also adapting to the Swedish values like equality.
What we have learnt is this - Cultural differences will exist. Realities will differ. But what is important is to break barriers and notions and to find a balance so that a diverse population can co-exist in harmony and peace, respecting those very differences and realities.
We now identify with Peers Bridge as a social enterprise which works with a mission to promote an inclusive and diverse society towards sustainability through interactive and creative educational workshops and experiences. We strive to enable our participants to adopt openness and contribute to equality in all aspects.
We set the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as our core values leading us to an innovative working environment and sustainable growth.