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"Objudna in över våra generöst öppna gränser": Den assyriska/syrianska invandringen till Sverige 1975-1982
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
“Uninvited across our generously open borders” : The Assyrian/Syrian immigration to Sweden 1975-1982 (English)
Abstract [en]

This thesis investigates the connection between migration discourses and politics through the assyrian/syrian immigration to Sweden 1975-1982. Using Bacchi’s “What’s the problem (represented to be)?” (WPR) methodology, which is based on Foucault’s theories of governmentality, this thesis investigates how preconceptions of issues forms understanding of them as problems and shapes the possible solutions to the problem concerned. The results of this thesis indicates that the assyrian/syrian immigration to Sweden was understood by the government and its agencies as an issue of control over the population and over immigration. There was a consensus amongst all parties that immigration to Sweden must be regulated both by law and in numbers and in distribution across the country but disagreements existed on solutions. This study aims to increase knowledge of the different responses to the assyrian/syrian immigration in order to further understanding of how political consensus shapes immigration politics and how border politics and integration politics intersect and affect one another.

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2015. , 94 p.
Keyword [en]
Immigration policy, refugee policy, Assyrians/Syrians, Södertälje, construction of problems, governmentality
Keyword [sv]
Invandringspolitik, flyktingpolitik, assyrianer/syrianer, Södertälje, konstruktion av problem
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-134248OAI: diva2:1014926
2015-10-09, D900, Stockholm, 15:29 (Swedish)
Available from: 2016-10-03 Created: 2016-10-03 Last updated: 2016-10-03Bibliographically approved

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