Unemployment and conditional welfare: Exclusion and belonging in immigrant women's discourse on being long-term dependent on social assistance
2016 (English)In: International Journal of Social Welfare, ISSN 1369-6866, E-ISSN 1468-2397, Vol. 25, no 1, 18-26 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Long-term unemployment with dependency on social assistance in Sweden has increased and is particularly high among foreign-born persons. The present study explored immigrant recipients' experiences of being welfare reliant. Swedish-Iraqi women's construction of exclusion and belonging in relation to policies and welfare regulations was scrutinised. The women referred to unemployment with frustration, expressing that it renders dependence on social welfare and enforces adherence to the stipulations of the social services. The individual's mobility and agency are restricted and concerted efforts to obtain employment are futile, which increase the sense of exclusion. However, the entitlement to social assistance also engenders feelings of belonging, of being connected to and cared for by the new country. More research is needed to examine the role that social assistance regulations play in forming feelings of belonging and exclusion. It appears essential that political initiatives be taken to reverse the trend of high unemployment among foreign-born persons.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiley-Blackwell, 2016. Vol. 25, no 1, 18-26 p.
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Social Work
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-119704DOI: 10.1111/ijsw.12158ISI: 000366142200003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-119704DiVA: diva2:826127
Funding agencies: Swedish National Institute of Public Health2015-06-242015-06-242016-01-22