Presenters: Nahikari Irastorza, researcher, Malmö University
Jason Tucker, researcher, Malmö University


During 2015 and 2016 Sweden received a large number of refugees from Syria. This influx posed some challenges to the Swedish reception system and generated concern about refugees’ integration and the overall impact of migration in the Swedish society.

The paper presents the findings of a mixed methodology project looking at the socio-economic and socio-psychological integration of both refugees from Syria and the receiving community in Sweden. Further to this, it explores the inter-relationship of these two aspects of integration in three of Sweden’s largest cities. With the Swedish model of integration focusing on access to the labour market, the socio-psychological and relational aspects of integration in the country have been under researched.

Addresses this gap

This research addresses this gap. It is built upon a state-of-the-art mapping of the literature and policy in Sweden, conducted in 2019 as an earlier aspect of the project. The methodology includes analyses of secondary data on newly arrived Syrians’ employment and the impact of migration, a survey conducted among refugees from Syria (n=800 aprox.) and the receiving community (n=1200), in addition to six focus groups with the arriving and receiving community in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö.

Forced displacement and refugee-host community solidarity

These findings are part of a larger project called “Forced displacement and refugee-host community solidarity” that has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 822401. In this seminar we will present some preliminary findings on the socio-economic outcomes of Syrian migration to Sweden based on register data analysis, the receiving community’s perceptions of such outcomes and further attitudes towards Syrian migrants as reported by survey data and the focus groups, and Syrian refugees’ experiences in Sweden, also based on the material collected through focus groups.

The seminar will be held in English and via zoom.