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Lived Experiences of Changing Integration Policies: Immigrant Narratives of Institutional Support and Labour Market Inclusion/Exclusion in Sweden

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Lotta Brännström,

Mid Sweden University, SE
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Katarina Giritli-Nygren,

Mid Sweden University, SE
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Gustav Lidén ,

Mid Sweden University, SE
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Jon Nyhlén

Stockholm University, SE
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Abstract

This study aims to map, locate and make visible the everyday experiences of newly arrived immigrants in government-sponsored integration activities and to trace how these experiences are linked to changes in policy. The study pays particular attention to the dynamic nature of integration and draws links between personal, organisational and policy domains while analysing shifting integration policies from the standpoint of immigrants. Swedish integration policy has undergone vast changes during recent years as the government implements one of the largest changes in Swedish history, beginning in 2010. With this came an emphasis on employment and workfare over welfare. Consequently, the rhetoric of integration in Sweden also changed from what in municipalities was called an introduction to a sense of establishment. By examining the subjective views of immigrants, we discuss the lived experiences of individuals who are subjected to and employed in different occupations due to various integration regimes.
How to Cite: Brännström, L., Giritli-Nygren, K., Lidén, G. and Nyhlén, J., 2018. Lived Experiences of Changing Integration Policies: Immigrant Narratives of Institutional Support and Labour Market Inclusion/Exclusion in Sweden. Nordic Journal of Migration Research, 8(1), pp.25–34. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1515/njmr-2018-0009
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Published on 01 Mar 2018.
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