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Integration beyond Multiculturalism: Social Cohesion and Structural Discrimination in Sweden

This chapter explores Swedish policies related to health care for irregular migrants residing in Sweden. It discusses health care policies in light of the general Swedish welfare policy as well as the policies of migration and integration. The chapter suggests that the new law targeting irregular migrants is not to be understood as an inclusion in the moral economy. Other binding treaties incorporating the right to health, which can be relevant when discussing irregular migrants, include the International Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD). In the Swedish context, the group that has received most attention in public and political discourse is the failed asylum seekers, most probably because the asylum system has a salient role in 'producing irregular migrants. In Sweden, the health care system is publicly operated.