A sense of belonging: Social integration among East European immigrants in Sweden
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In this study the focus is directed beyond the economic issues of integration. Instead, the emphasis is placed on migrants’ perceived sense of belonging in the receiving society. This is done by analysing the effect of socio-demographic characteristics, social networks and adaptation time, in terms of duration of stay, citizenship and language proficiency, on immigrants from Russia, the Baltic States and Poland in Sweden. Based on a representative questionnaire, the main finding is that there are significant gender differences in the immigrants’ sense of belonging. The analysis reveals that local ties are significant in women’s sense of belonging in Sweden, while men’s sense of belonging is mainly affected by how long the immigrant has lived in Sweden and language proficiency.
Social integration, sense of belonging, social networks, East-West migration, Sweden
Research subject Social and Economic Geography
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-61466OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-61466DiVA: diva2:567972