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Migrants welcome - To what type of society?: A study on countries' resilience capacity following large-scale migration
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Resilience is emerging as a predominant way of thinking about insecurity. It addresses how societies deal with unexpected events, and is suitable for studying the effects of large-scale migration to the receiving society. Despite a growing body of literature, little research exists on the conditions underlying resilience and causing its variation. This study examines which factors affect the resilience capacity of societies following large-scale migration. Citizenship is central for membership in a community, and is thus relevant for resilience when migration constitutes the disruption. This study puts forward the argument that the openness of a country's citizenship model affects the level of resilience. Applying the method of structured, focused comparison, the theoretical argument is tested on two European countries’ reaction to the 2015 large-scale migration. The empirical analysis lends partial support to the hypothesis: An open citizenship model seems to be connected with higher resilience capacity, while a restrictive model appears to be connected with lower resilience capacity. However, it does not lend support to the theorised relationship between resilience and security levels. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 86 p.
Keyword [en]
Resilience, security, migration, conflict in Europe, Germany, Sweden
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-297843OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-297843DiVA: diva2:943724
Subject / course
Peace and Conflict Studies
Educational program
Master Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies
Available from: 2016-06-28 Created: 2016-06-28 Last updated: 2016-06-28Bibliographically approved

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