The state’s mishandling of immigration to Sweden: How bodies controlling the state frame the problem
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Many scholars have noted that states consistently violate human rights in relation to asylum seekers. The author asks how the problems related to the situation of current and former residence permit applicants, mostly asylum-seekers, are framed in Sweden by various bodies that exercise control in relation to the state. The analysis focuses on the problem representations found in judgements and reports from, and interviews with, bodies that exercise control of the state, and draws attention to how various control bodies differ in the way they frame the issues in focus. While formal domestic control organs (the Parliamentary Ombudsmen and the Chancellor of Justice) present problems within a bureaucratic frame, the formal international control organs (the UN and the European Court) and informal control organs (NGOs) represents problems within a variety of frames: the rule of law, protection from other states, positive obligations and non-discrimination, repressive elements and the right to seek asylum. These frames are linked to positions and strategies of the different bodies of control. The analysis highlights how the bodies of control struggle for recognition and legitimacy, how they balance between being “defined out” and “defined in” and how the “doxa” shapes the framings.
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject Criminology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-110049OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-110049DiVA: diva2:768794
Revised manuscript, resubmitted to Crime, Law and Social Change.2014-12-042014-12-042014-12-05