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Pro-and antimigrant mobilizations in polarized Sweden
Malmö University, Faculty of Culture and Society (KS), Department of Global Political Studies (GPS). Malmö University, Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM).
Malmö University, Faculty of Culture and Society (KS), Department of Global Political Studies (GPS). Malmö University, Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7498-0636
2019 (English)In: The refugee reception crisis in anti-immigrant times: Polarization of the public opinion, local mobilizations and reception practices in Europe; / [ed] Andrea Rea; Martin Martiniello; Alessandro Mazzola; Bart Meuleman, ULB Press , 2019, p. 75-94Chapter in book (Other academic)
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This chapter describes current changes in migration flows and politics in Sweden, before presenting and discussing the reactions to these changes in civil society – the mobilization of both pro- and anti-migration sentiments – which reflect the polarized sentiments towards immigration in Swedish society.First, this report conveys information about migration flows to Sweden before, during and after the refugee reception crisis of 2015. In 2016 in particular, Sweden had a major intake of asylum seekers, which prompted new legislative measures to manage this. Second, we emphasize transformations in the party-political landscape before, during and after the refugee reception crisis of 2015. In this period there was also a rhetorical shift in mainstream politics, heralding an emphasis on security in order to protect the Swedish model. The mainstream-right bloc was also split in two. Third, we study the actions and reactions in response to these changes in civil society. The everyday experiences of problems with integration stand in contrast with international norms of solidarity. We conclude that the crisis enabled a window of opportunity for the mobilization of both pro- and anti-migration sentiments in civil society.

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ULB Press , 2019. p. 75-94
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European Studies, ISSN 1378-0352
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reception crisis, Sweden, migration, pro- migration sentiments, anti- migration sentiments, party political landscape, civil society
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-9290Local ID: 30743ISBN: 978-2-8004-1693-9 (print)ISBN: 978-2-8004-1709-7 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-9290DiVA, id: diva2:1406322
Available from: 2020-02-28 Created: 2020-02-28 Last updated: 2023-09-04Bibliographically approved

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