Refugee Integration in Sweden: Some Key Lessons and a Way Forward

  • Gregg Bucken-KnappEmail author
  • Vedran Omanović
  • Andrea Spehar
Part of the Global Diversities book series (GLODIV)


This chapter has three aims. First, we focus on highlighting key themes that emerged as we have analyzed the voices of BiH and Syrian refugees: that the institutions and organizations of integration are not perceived as responsive; that feelings of inferiority can become pronounced during the integration process; that refugees display persistency in their agency (sticktoitiveness) when confronted with barriers; and that employment is understood as key to establishing a ‘normal’ life in Sweden. Second, we revisit the voices of refugees as a method, calling attention to lived effects. Finally, we conclude the chapter by counseling patience on the part of all stakeholders and actors, even if it is clear that many institutional and organizational barriers could be reformed to hasten the process.


Migrant and refugee integration Migrant voices Sweden Integration policy and politics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gregg Bucken-Knapp
    • 1
    Email author
  • Vedran Omanović
    • 2
  • Andrea Spehar
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Public AdministrationUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden
  2. 2.Department of Business AdministrationUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden
  3. 3.Department of Political Science and Centre on Global Migration (CGM)University of GothenburgGothenburgSweden

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