torsdag 29 september 2016

Ny rapport om asylsökande och nyanlända invandrares arbetsmarknadsintegration

Jag har, tillsammans med Pieter Bevelander, skrivit kapitlet om Sverige i rapporten From Refugees to Workers: Mapping Labour Market Integration Support Measures for Asylum-Seekers and Refugees in EU Member States.

Så här beskrivs rapporten på Bertelsmann Stiftungs hemsida:

The report sets out to provide a better understanding of the emerging challenges in policy targeting the labour-market integration of refugees. What are the strategies and practices implemented in different EU Member States to facilitate access into employment? What do we know about their effectiveness? What are good practices and lessons learned in different countries?

The study is based on nine detailed country case studies of the following EU Member States: Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. It has been produced by the Migration Policy Centre (MPC) at the European University Institute in Florence.

Rapporten kan laddas ner här.

torsdag 15 september 2016

Min avhandling är klar och ska försvaras den 7 oktober

Idag spikade jag avhandlingen, och imorgon är det tre veckor till själva disputationen. Avhandlingen heter Paper planes: labour migration, integration policy and the state och samlar fyra publicerade artiklar med en nyskriven introduktion.

Det går att ladda ner avhandlingen här.

Information om disputationen, som är offentlig och öppen för alla intresserade, finns här.


This dissertation collects four peer-reviewed articles that are published in academic journals. Two of the articles are about the multi-level governance of integration polices, and two study the effects of labour migration policies. The two topics are tied together by an introduction where a common theme of the articles is discussed – the role of the state. Based on the results of my four articles, I argue that the relevance of the state as a unit of analysis is still strong and impossible to ignore if one wants to understand the patterns of migration and the conditions which migrant newcomers face in their countries of residence. When the Swedish labour migration policy was changed, and the veto of the unions and the state (the Employment Service) was abolished, it enabled social networks and market forces to play out more freely, which led to an increase in labour migration. The Swedish 2008 labour migration policy was designed to solve labour shortages. However, the effect of the new law was mainly the creation of new opportunities for migrants to get work permits and visas to Sweden in order to apply for asylum or work in low-skilled jobs in sectors without labour shortages. Thus, state policies do matter, even if not always in the way in which policymakers intend them to. The state has also tightened its grip on local integration policies in both Denmark and Sweden, despite very different overall policies. Where Denmark´s civic integration policies have formed a tighter relationship between the state and the individual, the Swedish way has been to centralise and standardise integration services and reduce local policy autonomy.