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Networks and Economic Integration: A Case of Refugees in Rural Sweden
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The thesis examines the economic integration process of refugees in rural Sweden, and

its relation to geographical mobility. The mechanisms behind the integration process are

explored through the concepts of networks, social bridge, and scalar.

It is concluded that having a function that plays the role of a social bridge within

networks positively affect the economic integration process for refugees. Factors that

provide fundamental conditions for the function of a social bridge is identified to be

cultural understanding and trustworthiness.

The thesis highlights the spatial aspects of the case study area by considering networks

between different scalar of global, national, and local. Through analyzing the

positioning of the locality, relations are found with characteristics of refugees coming to

the place. Those refugees mismatch with the local labor demand, yet they have positive

impacts on the location in terms of a demographic aspect and internationalization

opportunities. Under this condition, a social bridge is understood to be vital for

overcoming the gap between the labor demands and a welcoming attitude toward


As social bridge fosters interactions between refugees and society, it also has a

positive effect on refugees’ mobility and attitude toward a place. Interaction

opportunities provide a base for a new identity formation for refugees, which is

essential to generate a sense of home. Feeling the place to be one’s home contributes to

refugees staying.

A critical realistic approach has been chosen as the way of studying integration process.

By means of statistical data, employment patterns are explored in this area. A semistructured

interview study was used to analyze the networks in depth.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 55 p.
Keyword [en]
refugee, integration, economic integration, social network, social bridge, scalar, rural, Sweden
National Category
Social Sciences Human Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-106484OAI: diva2:736521
Available from: 2014-08-11 Created: 2014-08-06 Last updated: 2014-08-11Bibliographically approved

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