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Is migration bad for welfare?: Reconfigurations of welfare, labour and citizenship in Sweden
Uppsala universitet.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8532-1019
Linköpings Universitet.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7328-4863
Linköpings Universitet.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0694-5753
2019 (English)In: Inequalities and migration: challenges for the Swedish welfare state / [ed] Sven Trygged & Erica Righard, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2019, p. 31-52Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this chapter is to challenge an axiomatic assumption made in current public debates – namely, that the sustainability of the welfare state in an age of globalisation requires the imposition of limits on immigration. With a particular focus on Sweden and recent changes in Swedish welfare policy, the chapter shows how the current crisis of the Swedish welfare model has, in fact, haunted this model for decades. The argument presented is that the socially integrative capacities of the Swedish model had been compromised well beforethe start of the post-2015 refugee crisis in Europe but that it is not the scale of immigration that made the Swedish welfare state unsustainable. Rather, it is the austerity-driven retrenchment of the Swedish welfare state which, in the past quarter of a century, has steadily undermined the capacity of the welfare model to offer emancipatory and non-discriminatory pathways of incorporation to immigrants. With the neoliberal reforms implemented since the early 1990s, the current reality in Sweden is that of deepening, and increasingly ethnically tinged, class divisions and the long-term social exclusion of sizeable population groups from substantial citizenship rights.

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Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2019. p. 31-52
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Immigration, Sweden, Welfare State, Austerity
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-156206ISBN: 9789144116945 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-156206DiVA, id: diva2:1286743
Available from: 2019-02-07 Created: 2019-02-07 Last updated: 2019-06-20Bibliographically approved

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