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(O)likheter och egen makt: Om ett socialfondsprojekt för ökat arbetskraftsutbud
Linköping University, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5624-2576
2011 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This report deals with a Swedish project within the European Social Funds (ESF) programme area 2. The overall objective for programme area 2 is to increase the supply of labour. The report analyses ideas of ethnicity and empowerment in relation to project practices.

The methodological approach consists of document analysis, participant observation and qualitative interviews. The source material used in the document analysis consists of the project application and marketing. Nine participant observations have been carried out in the project’s daily activities. Through interviews with one project worker and two participants, different perspectives on the practices and ideas are given voice.

The results of the report emphasis that another ethnic background than Swedish often are considered to be an important factor for the individual’s lack of success on the labour market. In the analysed documents integration appears to be seen as a one-way process, hence it is largely a matter of learning about Swedish norms and culture and displaying an image of a coherent Swedish community. However, contacts between people with dif­ferent backgrounds can be seen as a form of integration activity. These encounters might not have taken place if the project had not been carried through. There is a relatively large discrepancy between the idea of empowerment’s charitable functions, how it is opera­tionalized in practice, and how this is perceived by the interviewed project participants.


Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press , 2011. , 57 p.
Temagruppen integration i arbetslivet, 2011:1
Keyword [en]
immigrant integration, ESF-project, empowerment, labour market supply, ethnicity, unemployment
Keyword [sv]
ESF, socialfonden, egenmakt, empowerment, arbetslöshet, arbetsmarknadsprojekt, etnicitet
National Category
Work Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-65434OAI: diva2:395726
Available from: 2011-02-08 Created: 2011-02-07 Last updated: 2015-03-18Bibliographically approved

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