Egalitarian Ambitions, Constructions of Diﬀerence: The Paradoxes of Refugee Integration in Sweden
This article addresses the experiences of refugees from Bosnia-Herzegovina who settled in
Sweden in the early 1990s, at a time when asylum and welfare became highly politicised
issues. Two main areas of critical concern emerged in policy-making and public debate in
this period, one relating to the control of external borders, the other relating to the
incorporation of new residents. The article outlines the representations of ‘refugees’ that
became salient in a context of processes of social change*global and domestic. It explores public understandings and institutional responses relating to refugees’ integration and
welfare, and analyses these in relation to refugees’ own life strategies.