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Asymmetric Partnership: Migrant organisations, trade unions and equality Ombudsman
Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies. Linköping University, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. (REMESO)
Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies. Linköping University, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. (REMESO)
2011 (English)In: Revija za Sociologiju / Sociological Review, ISSN 0350-154X, E-ISSN 1846-7954, Vol. 41, no 1, 51-76 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The study examines civil society agency for social inclusion among Associations Founded on Ethnic Grounds (AFEGs), focusing on their engagement for combating discrimination and enhancing migrant incorporation into the Swedish labour market. The overall rationale of the study investigates the complex institutional conditionality of AFEGs for developing their agency as social movement and civil society actors. The main aim of this study has been to understand how anti-discrimination agencies run by AFEGs, with subsidy support by the state, describe their experiences, and which implications the subsidy may have for the orientation and direction of their actions. The study comprises primarily interviews with anti-discrimination lawyers and heads of two agencies, but also interviews with representatives for the Equality Ombudsman. The greatest challenge for the agencies has been caused by subsidy cutbacks, which have affected both the working conditions of the agencies and other engagements of the AFEGs, such as educational courses among their members, awareness raising concerning the issues of anti-discrimination among different officials, in municipalities, trade unions and among employers. Due to the cutbacks, the civil society actors such as AFEGs have been forced to adapt to market principles by becoming entrepreneurs specialised, in this case, in the field of anti-discrimination law. The study further analyses the effects of this development as well as opportunity structures for collaboration with trade unions and the Equality Ombudsman. Even though these partnerships reveal relational asymmetries, the authors call attention to current and possible future openings in opportunity structures for wider collaboration between AFEGs, trade unions and the Equality Ombudsman.

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Zagreb, 2011. Vol. 41, no 1, 51-76 p.
Keyword [en]
social movement, integration, civil society, immigrant associations
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-67527DOI: 10.5613/rzs.41.1.4OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-67527DiVA: diva2:411134
Available from: 2011-04-15 Created: 2011-04-15 Last updated: 2017-12-11
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1. Negotiating Solidarity: Collective Actions for Precarious Migrant Workers’ Rights in Sweden
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Negotiating Solidarity: Collective Actions for Precarious Migrant Workers’ Rights in Sweden
2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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Precarious migrant workers are today an everyday part of the Swedish labour market. They often work under conditions of vulnerability, on temporary contracts and with few rights. This dissertation examines collective actions aiming to improve the precarious conditions of three categories of workers –discriminated, seasonal and undocumented. The collective actors examined in the dissertation are composed of formal organisations such as non-governmental organisations, organisations founded on ethnic grounds and trade unions, but also more temporary groups and networks. The analysis foregrounds contemporary societal, economical and legal transfigurations that create the conditions for collaboration among the actors and the negotiations which they conduct. The dissertation contains four articles. The first article, addressing the situation of discriminated migrant workers, scrutinises the conditions for the engagement of anti-discrimination agencies. The result of the study illustrates how the actors, as a consequence of state subsidies, alter their original course of conduct by becoming market orientated,which contributes to tensions in relations with other collaborators. The second and third articles focus on the situation of Bulgarian-Roma berry pickers in the 2012 harvesting season. Thesearticles illuminate on the one hand, the driving forces to their labour migration and the challenges faced in Sweden, and on the other, the emergence of different collective actions and their significance for the workers. The fourth article centres on two trade union initiatives for the inclusion of undocumentedmigrant workers. The article analyses the challenges faced by the unions as they seek to extend solidarity to workers who are relegated to informal work. The article also elucidates that this endeavour,nonetheless, may have the potential to transform the political identity of trade unions and, by extension through collaborations with other collective actors, open the doors of solidarity for precarious EU migrants. In sum, the four articles show that there is a broad range of collective actors who are preparedto assist precarious migrant workers and to negotiate and at best improve their labour market conditions.These actors face many and difficult challenges. However, as the dissertation demonstrates, their engagement has made the reality of precarious migrant work visible to the public, legitimised the workers’ needs and enabled them to claim their rights.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2017. 105 p.
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Linköping Studies in Arts and Science, ISSN 0282-9800 ; 707
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International Migration and Ethnic Relations Work Sciences Social Anthropology Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies) Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-134148 (URN)10.3384/diss.diva-134148 (DOI)9789176855836 (ISBN)
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2017-02-24, Hörsal K3, Kåkenhus, Campus Norrköping, Norrköping, 10:15 (English)
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