Integration policy covers introduction to society of newly arrived immigrants, compensation to municipalities for refugee reception and promotion of integration. Swedish citizenship and urban development are also part of the integration policy. The goal of the integration policy is to ensure equal rights, obligations and opportunities for all, irrespective of their ethnic and cultural background.
In 2008, the Swedish Government presented a comprehensive national strategy for integration for the period 2008-2010. One of the seven strategic areas identified in the strategy is "local areas with widespread exclusion". The goal is to reduce the number of these areas and to improve living conditions there. The Government's efforts to combat exclusion in the mentioned areas are mainstreamed in general policies and coordinated in the policy for urban development focusing on employment, education, security and growth.