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Irregular Migration in a Swedish Context

Within the national network Irregular migration and irregular migrants (funded by Forte 2012–2015) I am, together with Maja Sager (Gender studies, University of Lund) and Klara Öberg (Global studies, University of Gothenburg, editing the anthology Irreguljär migration i Sverige: Rättigheter, vardagserfarenheter, motstånd och statliga kategoriseringar [Irregular migration in Sweden: Rights, everyday experiences, resistance and state categorizations]. Will be published by Daidalos in the autumn of 2016.

The number of people living under the threat of deportation during the last decades. At the same time an awareness of the fact that these people are – and will be – inhabitants in Sweden. A broad social movement focusing on the rights of irregular migrants has been formed and has contributed to legal changes in the area. Today people without residence permit has the right to health care that “cannot be postponed” and their children has the right to go to school. The development is, however double. All over Europe borders are being closed. And political demands for an almost total exclusion of irregular migrants have won approval. What for a long time seemed like a development towards expanded rights for these people now appear as recurring negotiations where the result is unceartain.

In the anthology 19 Swedish researchers analyse how irregularity as a condition is created, recreated and experienced. Irregularity is understood as marked by changeability, pluralism and temporality, and not as a fixed identity or quality. The different texts note that this condition puts light on a number of dramatic paradoxes, especially within the Swedish welfare state. The texts mostly discuss the complicated relation between citizen rights and human rights, and the reality gap between the notion that Swedish is “best in the world” in areas such as humanity, gender equality, solidarity and the violent exclusion that occurs in the geographic and legal marigins of the including welfare state.

Project leaders: Helena Holgersson, Maja Sager & Klara Öberg
Project duration: 2013–2016
Funding: The Faculty of Arts


Contact Information

Helena Holgersson

PO Box 200, 405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden

Visiting Address:
Renströmsgatan 6 , 41255 Göteborg

+46 (0)31-786 2780

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