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The Nordic perspective on migration and empowerment
Department of Health Sciences in Ålesund, NTNU-Norwegian University of Science and Technology,. (Nordic Health Promotion Research Network)
Unit for Health Promotion Research, University of Southern Denmark. (Nordic Health Promotion Research Network)
Unit for Health Promotion Research, University of Southern Denmark,. (Nordic Health Promotion Research Network)
Department of Health Sciences, Luleå˚ University of Technology,. (Nordic Health Promotion Research Network)
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2020 (English)In: Health Promotion International, ISSN 0957-4824, E-ISSN 1460-2245, Vol. 14 april, p. 1-7, article id daaa021Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

International migration is a complex phenomenon that touches on a multiplicity of economic, social and security aspects affecting our daily lives. In the Nordic countries’ migration is a contentious political topic as the number of migrants has significantly increased in recent decades. The aim of this study is to analyse governmental policy documents on migrants in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden and to identify and compare how they are described within an empowerment perspective. A critical discourse analysis was undertaken of each Nordic country. The findings revealed that all four documents placed migrants in a passive position in regard to decision-making and that an empowerment perspective was lacking. Migrants are similarly treated in each Nordic country as a problem to deal with rather than as a possible resource for the society and the approach seeks to protect the welfare state and the culture of the country. The lack of empowerment perspective may be having a negative impact on the health and well-being of migrants and on their integration in the Nordic society. The article concludes by raising several questions in regard to migration and empowerment in the Nordic context.

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Oxford University Press, 2020. Vol. 14 april, p. 1-7, article id daaa021
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empowerment, health, migrants, Nordic, policy
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-38863DOI: 10.1093/heapro/daaa021OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-38863DiVA, id: diva2:1423104
Available from: 2020-04-14 Created: 2020-04-14 Last updated: 2020-04-15Bibliographically approved

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