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Beyond a Swedish Horizon: Young migrants in Sweden and their transnational prospects

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Catarina Lundqvist ,

Centre for Research in International Migration and Ethnic Relations (CEIFO), Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University, SE
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Erik Olsson

Centre for Research in International Migration and Ethnic Relations (CEIFO), Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University, SE
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Abstract

This article examines the way in which young people of migrant descent in Sweden account for their future prospects and career plans. The article demonstrates how both their position as “migrants” in Sweden and their attachment to a transnational network has a significant impact on how young migrants express ideas and talk about future opportunities. The main conclusion is that from the perspective of young migrants, the transnational social network is a significant social reality to which they position themselves consciously. The network is also attributed a social capital that could extend the subjects’ horizon of action beyond the nation-state boundaries. In this sense, transnationality is a vivid dimension in the young migrants’ life prospects.
How to Cite: Lundqvist, C. and Olsson, E., 2012. Beyond a Swedish Horizon: Young migrants in Sweden and their transnational prospects. Nordic Journal of Migration Research, 2(2), pp.124–132. DOI: http://doi.org/10.2478/v10202-011-0034-9
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Published on 01 Jun 2012.
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