PhD researcher or student information
Contact email: Jeff.Maslanik@hcmussh.edu.vn
Discipline: Political Science
Degrees BA: International Studies
PhD Research Information
Brief description:To forecast how refugees find employment in Sweden, the book analyzes relevant factors related to the process of economic integration (e.g., stable employment) for those arriving after 2000. While, the central agenda of the manuscript is to unearth the role of civil society and social capital (bridging outside of one’s immediate ethnic community to foster meaningful relationships with natives of the state or region) in the integration process, post-secondary education (e.g. highly skilled) was the control variable for all participants analyzed in this study. This was decided as those with unique skills and education, should theoretically have a greater likelihood of navigating a new landscape and building social connections as well as learn new skills and cultures (language and daily norms) required for entering the labor market and resettling.
Methodology:Analytically, this project is framed by a historical institutional analysis that separates Sweden’s integration policy according to socio-political and economically significant junctures: 1970 to 1990, 1990 to 2010, and 2010 to the present day. Seventy-five first-person, semi-structured interviews were conducted with political elites, representatives of civil society, and refugees from different countries (all of whom arrived no earlier than 2000; 5, 25, and 45, respectively). Swedish native interviewees were selected based on political party, type of organization working with refugee communities, and with regards to the refugees, based on age, time of arrival, country of origin, gender and educational background. Purposive and snowball sampling were employed throughout the interview stage.
Keywords: Employment and Social Security Rights, Resettlement, Sweden, intégration
Language(s) of writing: English
Florida International University
Politics and International Relations