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Family Migration Policies and Politics: Understanding the Swedish Exception
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2015 (English)In: Journal of family issues, ISSN 0192-513X, E-ISSN 1552-5481, Vol. 36, no 11, 1490-1508 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article aims at characterizing and explaining Swedish family migration policies from a European comparative point of view. The analysis shows that Sweden applies equally strict eligibility rules for members beyond the nuclear family as most other European countries. Moreover, Sweden introduced such stricter rules much earlier than other countries. In other respects, however, Swedish family migration policies stand out as exceptionally liberal in European comparison; few, if any, requirements are imposed on the sponsor and joining family members acquire equal rights status either immediately or 2 years after admission. To explain this situation, the article analyzes political processes behind two important family migration policy decisions in 1997 and 2010. The conclusion is that Swedish welfare state ideology and party politics importantly contribute to understanding why Sweden diverges from European trends in family migration policies.

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2015. Vol. 36, no 11, 1490-1508 p.
Keyword [en]
Sweden, migration policies, civic integration policies, welfare state, political parties
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Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-261224DOI: 10.1177/0192513X14558297ISI: 000358737000005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-261224DiVA: diva2:852153
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
Available from: 2015-09-08 Created: 2015-08-31 Last updated: 2015-09-08Bibliographically approved

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