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Från socialbidrag till äldreförsörjningsstöd.: En reform ur äldre invandrares perspektiv.
Växjö University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Health Sciences and Social Work.
2008 (Swedish)Licentiate thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In 2003 the Swedish parliament decided to incorporate maintenance

support for the elderly within the framework of the state social insurance

system. Maintenance support for the elderly entails that individuals who,

due to too short a period of residence in Sweden, do not qualify themselves

for a full guarantee pension and thus have the right to receive

benefits after completion of an income test. A large proportion of these

people previously received individually incometested social benefits.

Maintenance support for the elderly and how it is perceived by the elderly

is the focus of the study. The overall aim of the study is to gain

knowledge about what it means for immigrants who moved in later life

to be the subject of a transfer from a selective benefit system to one

where more general principles apply. More specifically the aim concerns

what it means for their possibilities for gaining access to social rights and

what it means for their relationship with the Swedish welfare state. The

study’s empirical material consists of two parts. The first part contains

register data from the social services register of the National Board of

Health and Social Welfare and the social insurance register of the Swedish

Social Insurance Board. The second consists of interviews with

eleven foreign-born elderly persons who previously received social

benefits and now receive maintenance support for the elderly. The

analysis of the register data indicates that one-fifth of the target group

actually includes people born in Sweden while the rest are immigrants

arriving in Sweden in later life. For most of those in this latter group the

maintenance support is their only source of financial support while it is a

supplement for the Swedish-born elderly recipients. The results show

that of those, who previously received social benefits and where the

maintenance support is their only source of financial support, about onefifth

received a smaller amount of benefit after the reform. The interview

study indicates the existence of a gap between what the respondents

express as needs of more individual considerations both in terms of the

contact with the administrating authority and the maintenance support’s

monetary content and how the elderly perceive that these needs are provided

for. In order to try to understand this gap the result was analysed

by using a number of major theoretical concepts such as universalism,

stigma and shame, and social citizenship, public identity and recognition.

The conclusions of the study is that a comprehension of the gap can be

found in the standardised design and administration of the maintenance

support and in the socio-economic context that immigrants coming to

Sweden in later life find themselves in.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. , 119 p.
Rapportserie i socialt arbete: Växjö universitet, Institutionen för vårdvetenskap och socialt arbete, ISSN 1652-8573 ; 2
Keyword [sv]
socialbidrag, socialpolitik, äldre invandrare, äldreförsörjningsstöd, välfärdspolitik, försörjningssystem, socialförsäkringssystem
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Social Sciences, Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-15054OAI: diva2:450596
2008-03-28, 10:54 (Swedish)
Available from: 2011-10-21 Created: 2011-10-21 Last updated: 2011-10-21Bibliographically approved

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