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The importance of friends: social life challenges for foreign physicians in Southern 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).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9621-6751
Department of Sociology and Human Geography, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4693-0329
2020 (English)In: Community, Work and Family, ISSN 1366-8803, E-ISSN 1469-3615, Vol. 23, no 4, p. 385-400Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The article connects the fields of work/non-work research with the research on social integration of migrants. It is based on in-depth interviews with foreign physicians in the south of Sweden which explored their work/non-work experiences and their subjective perceptions of managing work, family, social and private domains of life. Based on individual reflections of social life as experienced in the workplace, in the locations of everyday life and transnationally, the analysis does not pursue the existence and composition of social networks but focuses on non-instrumental aspects of social life and explores their significance for high-skilled migrants’ own sense of integration. The findings suggest that migrants who are privileged in terms of education and employment still face extensive challenges in the social domain of life, especially with regard to close friendships. The findings furthermore suggest that social integration is a process that is influenced by place, time and individual life trajectories and therefore cannot be truthfully accounted for by looking at the numbers and ethnic composition of a migrant’s social relations. It is the quality of relations – notably friendships – that matters most.

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Taylor & Francis, 2020. Vol. 23, no 4, p. 385-400
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highly skilled migrants, work/ non-work, social domain, friendship, physicians, Sweden
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International Migration and Ethnic Relations
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-14365DOI: 10.1080/13668803.2019.1599323ISI: 000618790900002Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85063971309Local ID: 28627OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-14365DiVA, id: diva2:1417884
Available from: 2020-03-30 Created: 2020-03-30 Last updated: 2024-02-05Bibliographically approved

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