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Voting of foreign-born citizens in Sweden: A case study of naturalized Swedish citizens and the motives behind their non-voting in the general election events in Sweden.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The voting turnouts in Sweden has been increasing through the years, as there are more people that are willing to vote for a candidate or a political party during the general election events. However, despite the increase of voter turnouts during elections, there is a decrease in the voting of one group in the Swedish society and are the foreign-born citizens, i.e. immigrants. It has been observed that immigrants, with naturalized Swedish citizenship and born in another country than Sweden, vote less in the general election events in Sweden than others, e.g. home-born citizens. The low voting of immigrants has been an issue for a while, and it was noticed that the numbers of immigrants that vote is becoming less with each general election event. Therefore, this thesis investigated the reasons behind the non-voting of immigrants in Sweden, by interviewing six Iraqi-born immigrants with naturalized Swedish citizenship that did not vote for at least two general events, and examined the reasons and motives behind their non-voting. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 48 p.
Keyword [en]
voting, immigrants, political knowledge, sense of belonging, socio-political integration, immigrants' representation, political distrust
National Category
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-302588OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-302588DiVA: diva2:958338
Subject / course
Political Science
Educational program
Bachelor Programme in Oriental Studies
2016-06-03, Sal 116, Trädgårdsgatan 7, Uppsala, 10:15 (English)
Available from: 2016-09-12 Created: 2016-09-06 Last updated: 2016-09-12Bibliographically approved

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