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Unemployment and conditional welfare: Exclusion and belonging in immigrant women's discourse on being long-term dependent on social assistance
Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för tema, avdelning Tema Barn.
2016 (English)In: International Journal of Social Welfare, ISSN 1369-6866, E-ISSN 1468-2397, Vol. 25, no 1, 18-26 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Long-term unemployment with dependency on social assistance in Sweden has increased and is particularly high among foreign-born persons. The present study explored immigrant recipients' experiences of being welfare reliant. Swedish-Iraqi women's construction of exclusion and belonging in relation to policies and welfare regulations was scrutinised. The women referred to unemployment with frustration, expressing that it renders dependence on social welfare and enforces adherence to the stipulations of the social services. The individual's mobility and agency are restricted and concerted efforts to obtain employment are futile, which increase the sense of exclusion. However, the entitlement to social assistance also engenders feelings of belonging, of being connected to and cared for by the new country. More research is needed to examine the role that social assistance regulations play in forming feelings of belonging and exclusion. It appears essential that political initiatives be taken to reverse the trend of high unemployment among foreign-born persons.

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2016. Vol. 25, no 1, 18-26 p.
Keyword [en]
social assistance, unemployment, long-term welfare recipient, immigrant, exclusion, belonging, Sweden
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-28499DOI: 10.1111/ijsw.12158ISI: 000366142200003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84946168258OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-28499DiVA: diva2:877551
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Swedish National Institute of Public Health
Available from: 2015-12-07 Created: 2015-12-07 Last updated: 2016-01-08Bibliographically approved

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