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Migration Stories: A Case Study on the Life Course, Social Networks and Mobility Intentions of Refugees in Hofors
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis explores the mobility intentions of refugees in Hofors. The aim is to apply the theoretical framework of the life course perspective and social network theory; evaluating their suitability in approaching the topic of refugees’ mobility intentions in the Swedish countryside. The research questions ask how the life courses, social networks, and the specific locality influences their mobility intentions. The empirical research is based on biographical interviews and participatory mapping with refugee migrants residing in Hofors and an expert interview with a municipal employee. The findings illuminate: the role and dominance of different life domains at different timings (e.g. importance of the work domain in the initial stages of integration), the function of social networks as a resource of information, and the social context offered by Hofors (facilitating certain resources) – indicating the central importance of this conjunction, between the needs of trajectories within certain life domains and the ability of the locality to satisfy these needs, in influencing the mobility intentions. The research is situated in the field of international migration to the Swedish countryside, focusing on how rural municipalities can retain more refugees, by addressing the issue from the perspective of refugee migrants.

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2017. , 71 p.
Keyword [en]
refugee migration, internal migration, countryside, rural, life story interview, life course perspective, social network theory, mobility.
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Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-145103OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-145103DiVA: diva2:1121002
Available from: 2017-07-17 Created: 2017-07-07 Last updated: 2017-07-17Bibliographically approved

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