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Making Refugees Work?: Individualized Work Strategies in the Swedish Refugee Settlement Program
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work. Institutionen för socialt arbete, Umeå universitet.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0365-0362
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0925-0340
2018 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies, ISSN 2245-0157, E-ISSN 2245-0157, Vol. 8, no S4, p. 47-65Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In Sweden and elsewhere, work strategies have gained greater significance in social policy, and now also in settlement programs for refugees. This article addresses the level of practice of the refugee settlement program in Sweden, which previously emphasized ‘support’ and ‘social responsibility’, but now emphasizes ‘activation’ and ‘individual responsibility’. Through an analysis of interviews and individual action plans, we investigate how activation is put into practice in the work activities of refugee settlement and how employment officials and refugees articulate and experience the role that activation plays in refugees’ integration processes. The conclusion drawn is that activation is a central feature, but it involves conditionalizing elements that are used as the means to emphasize ‘work’ as the route to integration and to keep the ‘less employable’ refugees activated. The activation techniques applied require refugees to demonstrate that they are taking responsibility for their integration process and for increasing their employability

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2018. Vol. 8, no S4, p. 47-65
Keywords [en]
Employment, Wages, Unemployment & Rehabilitation, Gender, Ethnicity, Age and Diversity, Labor Market Institutions & Social Partners
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-153729DOI: 10.18291/njwls.v8iS4.111157ISI: 000455265800004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-153729DiVA, id: diva2:1266238
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Forte Villkorad etablering dnr 2013-0299
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2013-0299Available from: 2018-11-27 Created: 2018-11-27 Last updated: 2019-01-28Bibliographically approved

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