Where are newcomers going to live?: Perspectives on Swedish and Danish refugee settlement policies from Malmö and Århus
2012 (English)Report (Other academic)
Immigration from other parts of the world has meant new challenges for the Nordic welfaremodel and its fundamental integrative idea, namely social citizenship. This is particularlyclear in the policy that aims at distributing newly arrived refugees and their nextof kin amongst different regions and neighborhoods. In this report we present a comparativeanalysis of reception and settlement of newcomers in the Swedish municipality ofMalmö and the Danish municipality of Århus.The report has two objectives. The first is to study the factors that have an influenceon the introduction process of newcomers, as well as the extent to which settlement ofnewcomers impacts the capacity of the municipality to manage other challenges, namelyhousing shortages and residential segregation. The other is to discuss how identifiedsimilarities and differences between the municipalities can be understood in light ofnational refugee settlement policies in Sweden and Denmark. The report is based oninterviews with officials employed at diverse posts in the municipalities of Malmö andÅrhus and on official documents and public statistics.The report’s chief finding is that differences at the national level between Danish andSwedish migration and refugee settlement policies have a considerable impact on themunicipal level. Whereas Malmö counts the number of newcomers per year in the thousands,Århus barely does it in double figures. Whereas Malmö, besides immigrants fromDenmark, receives for the most part immigrants from such countries as Iraq and Afghanistan,Århus immigration consists above all of labor migration from Poland, Romaniaand Germany. In contrast to Malmö, where there is a widespread feeling of crisis in thereception of refugees, the view in Århus is that things are under control, especially incomparison to how it was before, during the 1990s, when the situation was more akin toMalmö’s.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Institute for Futures Studies , 2012. , 61 p.
Research subject Political Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-188448ISBN: ISBN 978-91-85619-93-1OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-188448DiVA: diva2:577874
ProjectsVälfärdsstaten och de nyanlända