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Knocking on the Doors of Integration: Swedish Integration Policy and the Production of a National Space
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Geography, Media and Communication (from 2013).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8528-1099
2019 (English)In: Journal of International Migration and Integration, ISSN 1488-3473, E-ISSN 1874-6365, p. 1-17Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This article contributes to theoretical discussions on how immigrant integration is produced as a part of redefining national policy to local everyday practice, and what this tells us about the society in which the policy is formed. Integration is from this perspective a way to understand imagined social communities, how they are produced, who is considered to belong, and who is not. Document analysis and interviews with immigrants, local politicians, and officials in small- and medium-sized Swedish towns give insights into both what taken-for-granted assumptions the integration policy builds on and reproduces, and what consequences the integration policy have for the persons the policy is intended for. It is shown that the Swedish integration policy is itself a part of the production of a Swedish space as a container with closed doors, where immigrants are not given equal access and possibilities. This is created by putting sameness and difference at the core of the integration policy and by describing integration as an act of entering the Swedish space. © 2019, The Author(s).

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Springer Netherlands , 2019. p. 1-17
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Gender equality, Immigrant integration, Integration policy, National space, Production of space, Sweden
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International Migration and Ethnic Relations Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-73354DOI: 10.1007/s12134-019-00691-yScopus ID: 2-s2.0-85067256556OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-73354DiVA, id: diva2:1334226
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Article in press 2 juli 2019. Magnus

Available from: 2019-07-02 Created: 2019-07-02 Last updated: 2020-01-16Bibliographically approved

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