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Citizenship, Migration, and Social Integration in Sweden: A Model for Europe?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Research in International Migration and Ethnic Relations (CEIFO).
2007 (English)In: CERIS Working Paper No.52, January 2007, Toronto, Canada., no 52, 73- p.Article, review/survey (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Abstract [en]

Transnational migration has been a constant element of human existence. Admission and

integration of migrants has, in time, become an increasingly important element of decision-making

policies in many nations. Classifications of voluntary and involuntary migrants according to their

reasons for migrating and the socio-economic and political reasons for the acceptance of such

individuals by the receiving countries have been the object of numerous national and international

pieces of legislation. This has served to underscore the importance of belonging for all parties

involved: both migrants (more or less welcome in their adoptive countries) and states alike. In a

formal sense, the ultimate signal of unlimited acceptance remains the granting of citizenship by

his/her new country to the “adoptee-resident.” Only citizens normally enjoy an unconditional right

to live and reside without restrictions in a given country. Traditionally, this ultimate form of

acceptance was (mutually) exclusive, which, for a long time, made it practically impossible for a

person to be a citizen of more than one state. Gradual globalization and an unprecedented

development of the very concept of citizenship, from a horizontal, national perspective to an

emerging vertical, supra-national level (consider, for example, the concept of EU-citizenship and

the special case of the Nordic states), required, at some point, a redefinition and re-evaluation of the

concept of citizenship, in both formal legal and more informal terms. This paper examines this

redefinition and re-evaluation within the context of Sweden.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. no 52, 73- p.
Keyword [en]
citizen(ship), (im)migration, integration, Sweden, naturalization, residents
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Law and Society International Migration and Ethnic Relations
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-13621OAI: diva2:180141
Available from: 2008-04-17 Created: 2008-04-17 Last updated: 2011-01-11Bibliographically approved

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