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Problematising refugee migrants in the Swedish forestry sector
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0365-0362
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2739-0497
2019 (English)In: Transfer - European Review of Labour and Research, ISSN 1024-2589, E-ISSN 1996-7284, Vol. 25, no 1, p. 63-80Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, ideas behind current Swedish efforts to integrate refugees in ‘green’ industries are analysed. We ask why the employment of refugees in forestry, a sector historically and globally notorious for its abuse of migrant workers, has come to be regarded as a solution in official Swedish migration policy. A discourse analytical approach is applied, analysing what the arguments are for introducing refugees to forestry work and how the forest, as a space, is depicted and used discursively as a means for refugee integration. The sources for the analyses consist of articles appearing in the printed press from 2015 to 2017. Three main problem discourses are identified: the ‘labour shortage’ discourse, the ‘refugees in need of work’ discourse and the ‘forest as a health-promoting learning environment’ discourse. The hazardous aspects of forestry work or the fact that refugees might be overqualified for the jobs offered are generally left unproblematised.

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Sage Publications, 2019. Vol. 25, no 1, p. 63-80
Keywords [en]
Migrant workers, refugees, integration, forestry work, Sweden, ‘refugee crisis’, ‘What-is-the-problem-represented-to-be?’ (WPR) approach, media analysis
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Sociology
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-156198DOI: 10.1177/1024258919827133ISI: 000462046500007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-156198DiVA, id: diva2:1286641
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Available from: 2019-02-07 Created: 2019-02-07 Last updated: 2019-04-12Bibliographically approved

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