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Struggle for Recognition: Bosnian Refugees’ Employment Experiences in Sweden
Malmö högskola, Faculty of Culture and Society (KS), Department of Global Political Studies (GPS).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9621-6751
2012 (English)In: Refugee Survey Quarterly, ISSN 1020-4067, E-ISSN 1471-695X, Vol. 31, no 1, p. 54-79Article in journal (Refereed)
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This article presents the personal experiences of refugees from Bosnia-Herzegovina related to their employment in Sweden. It is based on 35 interviews conducted in 2009 with asylum claimants and resettled refugees who came to Sweden in the early 1990s, aiming at their own perceptions and subjective assessments of their employment paths. The variety of experiences within each of these two groups suggests that individual employment paths can neither be fully explained by the admission category, nor in terms of the type of education, age, or gender. Although they admit the importance of these factors, the interviewees perceive chance as a decisive issue with regard to their initial access to the labour market, and its strong impact on their further success. They see official channels of professional recognition as far less functional than informal paths leading into the labour market that depend on personal encounters and connections. Against the background of laws and policies, personally experienced employment integration is revealed as a chance-ridden individual process.

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Oxford University Press, 2012. Vol. 31, no 1, p. 54-79
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employment, personal experiences, Bosnian refugees, Sweden
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-1422DOI: 10.1093/rsq/hdr017ISI: 000211961500003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84857971057Local ID: 13631OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-1422DiVA, id: diva2:1398150
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