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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
University of Oslo, Norway.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4693-0329
2022 (English)In: Comparative Migration Studies, ISSN 2214-8590, E-ISSN 2214-594X, Vol. 10, no 1, article id 8Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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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. Vol. 10, no 1, article id 8
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-58282DOI: 10.1186/s40878-022-00279-zISI: 000753851200001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85124812037OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-58282DiVA, id: diva2:1738201
Available from: 2023-02-21 Created: 2023-02-21 Last updated: 2023-08-18Bibliographically approved
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1. What works for them: highly educated refugees’ perceptions of labour market participation in Oslo, Malmö and Munich
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Oslo: University of Oslo, 2022. p. 148
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Series of dissertations submitted to the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Oslo, ISSN 1504-3991 ; 922
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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Available from: 2023-08-21 Created: 2023-08-18 Last updated: 2023-08-21Bibliographically approved

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