Immigrant integration conflicts in Malmö through a development communication lens

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Publication 1-year master student thesis
Title Immigrant integration conflicts in Malmö through a development communication lens
Author(s) Mighton, Lisa
Date 2010
English abstract
In the context of significant numbers of Muslim newcomers immigrating to Europe and perceptions of failed integration in Sweden, and in light of the urban conflict and increasing debates about integration as a one-way or two-way street, this paper sets out a “communication for development”-informed theoretical framework that focuses on the struggle for social cohesion and immigrant integration in Malmö, Sweden. The paper uses triangulation to view this challenging situation from various perspectives. Not only does this reveal that unemployment and lack of power have taken their toll on agency among migrants—particularly Iraqi men—but also that the strongest stories showing immigration as an asset—particularly Iraqi women—are not being told in the media. Through the use of empirical material from Malmö, this paper contends that participatory communication in Malmö is less than participatory, and that integration in Sweden, in its expectations, leans uncomfortably close to assimilation. The paper gives examples of several development communication initiatives for integration that have had positive results, with strong evidence that community media, as just one example, has proven effective at improving immigrant integration. The paper concludes that development communication initiatives show promise for improving social cohesion in Malmö, and that these can be effective only if the choice to participate, and the choices of initiative, medium and content are made by the migrants themselves.
Publisher Malmö högskola/Kultur och samhälle
Pages 88
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) development communication
communication for development
communication for social change
immigration
integration
community media
participatory communication
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/11753 (link to this page)

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