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Egalitarian Ambitions, Constructions of Difference: The Paradoxes of Refugee Integration in Sweden

WithMarita Eastmond

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.