Struggle for Recognition: Bosnian Refugees’ Employment Experiences in Sweden

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Struggle for Recognition: Bosnian Refugees’ Employment Experiences in Sweden
Author(s) Povrzanovic Frykman, Maja
Date 2012
English abstract
This article presents the personal experiences of refugees from Bosnia-Herzegovina related to their employment in Sweden. It is based on 35 interviews conducted in 2009 with asylum claimants and resettled refugees who came to Sweden in the early 1990s, aiming at their own perceptions and subjective assessments of their employment paths. The variety of experiences within each of these two groups suggests that individual employment paths can neither be fully explained by the admission category, nor in terms of the type of education, age, or gender. Although they admit the importance of these factors, the interviewees perceive chance as a decisive issue with regard to their initial access to the labour market, and its strong impact on their further success. They see official channels of professional recognition as far less functional than informal paths leading into the labour market that depend on personal encounters and connections. Against the background of laws and policies, personally experienced employment integration is revealed as a chance-ridden individual process.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/rsq/hdr017 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Oxford University Press
Host/Issue Refugee Survey Quarterly;1
Volume 31
ISSN 1471-695X
Pages 54-79
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) employment
personal experiences
Bosnian refugees
Sweden
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/13631 (link to this page)

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