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What works for them: highly educated refugees’ perceptions of labour market participation in Oslo, Malmö and Munich
University of Oslo, Norway.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4693-0329
2022 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oslo: University of Oslo , 2022. , p. 148
Series
Series of dissertations submitted to the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Oslo, ISSN 1504-3991 ; 922
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-61989OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-61989DiVA, id: diva2:1789361
Available from: 2023-08-21 Created: 2023-08-18 Last updated: 2023-08-21Bibliographically approved
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1. Cartographers of their Futures: The Formation of Occupational Aspirations of Highly Educated Refugees in Malmö and Munich
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Cartographers of their Futures: The Formation of Occupational Aspirations of Highly Educated Refugees in Malmö and Munich
2020 (English)In: International migration (Geneva. Print), ISSN 0020-7985, E-ISSN 1468-2435, Vol. 59, no 4, p. 127-140Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
John Wiley & Sons, 2020
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-58281 (URN)10.1111/imig.12799 (DOI)
Available from: 2023-02-21 Created: 2023-02-21 Last updated: 2023-08-18Bibliographically approved
2. A help or hindrance?: Highly educated refugees’ perceptions of the role of civic integration programmes in accessing the labour market in Oslo, Malmö and Munich
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A help or hindrance?: Highly educated refugees’ perceptions of the role of civic integration programmes in accessing the labour market in Oslo, Malmö and Munich
2022 (English)In: Comparative Migration Studies, ISSN 2214-8590, E-ISSN 2214-594X, Vol. 10, no 1, article id 8Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Research often focuses on individual-level factors shaping refugee labour market participation. Less research has been conducted on the implications of the roles of employers, integration programmes, migrant support organisations and similar. This article contributes to the literature by seeking to understand highly educated refugees’ perceptions of how civic integration programmes shape opportunity structures for their labour market participation. It is particularly concerned with how the programmes’ characteristics of malleability and comprehensiveness inform integration processes. Accordingly, the article analyses identification contestations that transpire within civic integration programmes, as perceived by the participants, and compares how these unfold in three different contexts. A total of 41 semi-structured interviews with highly educated refugees in Oslo, Malmö, and Munich were analysed. The findings suggest that the civic integration programmes were thought to either foster or hinder the participants’ employment pathways depending on whether the participants were perceived as highly educated individuals or reduced to the general category of ‘refugee’. The differences were traced back to each civic integration programme’s capacity to provide malleable integration support, calling attention to the importance of the programmes’ acknowledgment of refugees’ heterogeneous needs and the pitfalls associated with undifferentiated refugee categorisation.

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Springer, 2022
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-58282 (URN)10.1186/s40878-022-00279-z (DOI)000753851200001 ()2-s2.0-85124812037 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2023-02-21 Created: 2023-02-21 Last updated: 2023-08-18Bibliographically approved
3. In their own time: Refugee healthcare professionals’ attempts at temporal re-appropriation
Open this publication in new window or tab >>In their own time: Refugee healthcare professionals’ attempts at temporal re-appropriation
2022 (English)In: Time & Society, ISSN 0961-463X, E-ISSN 1461-7463, Vol. 31, no 3, p. 415-436Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Scholarship on refugee labour market participation regularly alludes to the temporal dimension of the process, yet explicit engagement with it remains limited. I argue that researching the temporalities of refugee employment re-entry is valuable as it discerns the recursive interrelation between social structure and individual agency that advances or curbs the labour market trajectories of refugees. Namely, refugees’ perceptions of time inform their integration pathways. In this article, I interrogate how highly educated refugees perceive the temporalities imposed upon them by the integration framework, their efforts of temporal re-appropriation and the ways in which institutional factors inform these re-appropriation efforts and, thus, individuals’ sense of integration. To this end, I discuss and compare 11 refugee healthcare professionals’ perceptions of licensure procedures in Oslo and Malmö based on material from semi-structured interviews. The refugee professionals reported that the licensure appropriated their time through, for instance, prolonged suspension from work and abundance of pointless waiting time. Seeing time as a precious commodity, they deemed the imposed temporalities as problematic, employing different attempts of temporal agency to speed up the licensure process. When comparing the attempts of temporal re-appropriation between the licensure procedures in Oslo and Malmö, I find that the perceived clarity of the licensure requirements and process, accessibility of support structures and existence of tailored qualification programmes lend licensure a quality of institutional plasticity. This fosters individuals’ attempts to accelerate their licensure endeavours, thereby promoting their re-entry into the labour market. However, rather than disrupting the underlying power relations determining the relative value of foreign healthcare qualifications, temporal re-appropriation maintained the established institutional rationale.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2022
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-58283 (URN)10.1177/0961463x221083788 (DOI)000787653100001 ()
Available from: 2023-02-21 Created: 2023-02-21 Last updated: 2023-08-18Bibliographically approved

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