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Invandrarungdomar utan sysselsättning: en studie av arbetslösa invandrarungdomars attityd gentemot sig själva och den svenska arbetsmarknaden
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies.
2009 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Immigrant youths without employment : a study of unemployed immigrant youth attitude towards themselves and the Swedish labour market.  (English)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study was to increase knowledge about what the lives of the unemployed youth of immigrant background looks like, and what the views of the unemployed young people are about work and employment. The study is a qualitative study where the empirical material is based on interviews with seven unemployed immigrant youth between the ages of 19 and 25 years. A study where the central questions was to explore how the informants' living conditions and identity are affected by being unemployed. The other issues aimed at how informants background affected their ability to enter the labour market, and the job expectations the informants had about the future and the Swedish labour market. Empirin have been analyzed with regard to methodology tool based theory, as well as theoretical starting points, such as social capital, formal and informal channels, ethnicity and stigma theory. The result is shown in five different disciplines on the basis of informants experiences of the situation they are in. These topics are The unemployment and welfare, The social network's importance, The foreign name the obstacles, The road to the labour market and finally, The social environment. The results show that informants welfare was affected in a destructive way when informants experienced a lack of employment. Informants perceived that the social network's importance was very prominent in the labour market, which proved, however, that informants social networks were very limited and without a resource for them. The result also shows that the majority of informants had been discriminated against by employers. A crucial factor for this form of discrimination were informants background and the foreign name. Road to the labour market was perceived stressful when the economic situation in the country was unstable and in decline. The results suggest that the informants had to lower their job expectations when they could not change the situation. Moreover, it appeared to indicate that ambient performances that immigrant segregated areas are perceived as socially vulnerable, both as a social problem for society. Informants self-image was negatively affected by the social environment perceptions of immigrants segregated neighbourhoods, which were seen by informants as a contributing factor that made their job opportunities more difficult.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. , 35 p.
Keyword [en]
unemployed, youth, immigrants, ethnicity, discrimination, employment, attitudes, social network
Keyword [sv]
arbetslös, ungdom, invandrare, etnicitet, diskriminering, attityd, socialt nätverk, Unemployed, youth, immigrants, ethnicity, discrimination, employment, attitudes, social network
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-19060ISRN: LIU-ISV/SKA-A--09/01--SEOAI: diva2:222974
B 217, Bomullsspinneriet, Norrköping (Swedish)
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2009-08-12 Created: 2009-06-10 Last updated: 2009-08-12Bibliographically approved

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