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Lives in limbo: Migrant integration and rural governance in Sweden

Arora-Jonsson, Seema and Larsson, Oscar (2021). Lives in limbo: Migrant integration and rural governance in Sweden. Journal of Rural Studies. 82 , 19-28
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Two long-term trends characterized the response to the influx of asylum seekers in rural Sweden in 2015. First, current integration policies with an increasing focus on the individual migrant, especially in relation to edu-cation, employment and housing, provided the framework for the response. Second, the shift of rural governance from state control to collaborative arrangements with nonstate actors, enabled the unprecedented involvement of civil society in the reception and integration of asylum-seekers in rural areas. The consequences of the confluence of these two approaches are most visible in rural areas. In this paper, we explore the new landscape of collab-orative governance in relation to migrant reception and integration and ask: what kind of space for maneuver might be available for migrants in the context of collaborative governance of integration in rural Europe? We argue that the new context of rural governance in tandem with integration policies focusing on individual mi-grants/ families rather than also considering group and ethnic belongings can leave newcomers at the mercy of an informal and unknown institutional terrain of collaborative governance, one that can exacerbate their vulnerability and lead to a situation of ?double isolation?-from co-ethnic networks as well as from local society.

Authors/Creators:Arora-Jonsson, Seema and Larsson, Oscar
Title:Lives in limbo: Migrant integration and rural governance in Sweden
Series Name/Journal:Journal of Rural Studies
Year of publishing :2021
Page range:19-28
Number of Pages:10
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 509 Other Social Sciences > International Migration and Ethnic Relations
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 506 Political Science > Public Administration Studies
Keywords:Double-isolation, Asylum-seekers, Integration, Civil Society, Welfare, Rural governance
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Web of Science (WoS)000631825100002
ID Code:23344
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
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Deposited On:23 Apr 2021 13:03
Metadata Last Modified:23 Apr 2021 13:11

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