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Explaining Local Swedish Refugee Policy
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
2014 (English)In: Journal of International Migration and Integration, ISSN 1488-3473, Vol. 15, no 3, 547-565 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the Swedish migration system, the local level plays a crucial role since the municipalities have full autonomy to accept or decline refugees. This has created a considerable variation in numbers of immigrants among municipalities, and there is a large variation in local societies' willingness to receive refugees. In this study, we focus on all the Swedish municipalities for a time span of several years and derive from economic, demographic, socio-cultural, and explanatory factors that have been put forward in earlier research. Through quantitative analysis, we can show how income, the unemployment rate, population, and support for the right-wing party negatively vary with the willingness to receive refugees. Moreover, the distribution of income results in the opposite significant direction. These results, partly contradicting theory, show the importance of a nuanced and holistic theoretical base in further research.

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2014. Vol. 15, no 3, 547-565 p.
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-22534DOI: 10.1007/s12134-013-0294-4Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84903903336OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-22534DiVA: diva2:736336
Available from: 2014-08-06 Created: 2014-08-06 Last updated: 2015-03-11Bibliographically approved

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