A group of architects and engineers who have recently immigrated to Sweden wish to create a community centre in Hageby. The starting point is Portalen, a centre for labour-market integration and a place to make new contacts and find employment. The location is the green area in front of the old laundry room that houses Portalen’s activities.
Portalen is located in the centre of Norrköping’s largest residential area, Hageby. Working for labour market integration, it has also become an important meeting place for culture and leisure. Currently housed in a former laundry room, Portalen urgently needs to expand as more and more people want to take part in its activities.
Hageby is located in southern Norrköping. The first multi-dwelling units were built in the mid 1950s and some ten years later, the centre of Hageby and a large part of the neighbourhood’s multi-dwelling units were completed. In 2010, a new tram line was inaugurated, providing public transport from central Norrköping to Hageby.
Founded in autumn 2011, Portalen strives to guide residents to self-sufficiency. Participants have been able to improve their Swedish, connect with future employers and increase their knowledge of the labour market in Sweden.