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Integration in Sweden: A qualitative study of immigrant women and their journey to integrate into the Swedish society.
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Political Science.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study is to identify the problems that immigrant women face when attempting to integrate in the Swedish society. The investigation seeks to scrutinize the aspects that facilitate in this process of integration for non-Swedish women and whether the administrative authorities responsible for handling matters of integration does so in an efficient way?

This is a qualitative study where a bottom-up approach has been implemented. The study revolves around 5 interviews that have been conducted with immigrant women, who have narrated their situation from which a number of aspects have been chosen to highlight the integration problems that have risen in Sweden.

These factors that have been identified in the study are: ‘cultural differences’, ‘gender roles’, ‘discrimination’, the importance of the language’, residential segregation’ and ‘the roles of the administrative authorities’. The empirical evidence drawn from the before mentioned interviews has been combined with theoretical material in order to strengthen the credibility of the study. The thesis ends with a concluding discussion where emphasis has been put on evaluating the findings of the thesis and aiming to provide an answer to the research questions.

The conclusion and thus the results of the study displays that the Swedish government has indeed taken measures to improve the situation. Yet, issues such as societal and institutional discrimination, residential segregation and cultural barriers between groups remain evident, creating immense difficulties for the immigrants to become part of the Swedish society.

 

Abstract [sv]

Syftet med denna studie är att identifiera de problem som invandrade kvinnor möter i integreringen i det svenska samhället. Undersökningen ifrågasätter aspekter som underlättar icke-svenska kvinnors integration i det svenska samhället och om de administrativa myndigheterna hanterar integrationsfrågorna på ett effektivt sätt?

Detta är en kvalitativ studie, där ett bottom-up-strategi har tillämpats. Studien kretsar kring 5 intervjuer som har genomförts med invandrarkvinnor, som har återberättat sin situation från vilket ett antal aspekter har valts för att lyfta upp de integrations problem som har uppstått i Sverige.

De faktorer som har identifierats i studien är: "kulturella skillnader", "könsroller", "diskriminering", betydelsen av språket, “boende segregation” och de "administrativa myndigheternas roller". Den empiriska delen har kombinerats med den teoretiska för att stärka trovärdigheten i studien. Uppsatsen avslutas med en sammanfattande diskussion där vikt har lagts på att utvärdera resultaten av uppsatsen och syftar åt att tillhandahålla ett svar på frågeställningarna.

Slutsatsen av denna studie påvisar att den svenska regeringen förvisso har vidtagit åtgärder för att förbättra situationen, men att frågor som samhällelig och institutionell diskriminering, bostads segregation och kulturella barriärer mellan grupper fortsätter att existera, vilket skapar svårigheter för invandrare att bli en del av det svenska samhället.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 82 p.
Keyword [en]
Woman, immigrants, integration, segregation, swedish society, discrimination, gender roles
Keyword [sv]
Kvinna, invandrare, invandring, diskriminering, immigranter, integration, segregation, genus
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-15342OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-15342DiVA: diva2:422333
Subject / course
IHH, Political Science
Presentation
2011-01-12, Internationella Handelshögskolan i Jönköping, Jönköping, 14:36 (English)
Uppsok
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from: 2011-06-29 Created: 2011-06-12 Last updated: 2012-03-16Bibliographically approved

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