Research about judicial processes and regulations of welfare
My research concerns judicial regulations in the field of migration and social law, and their implementation. It also concerns local initiatives for human rights, and the basis for making rights claims, in the context of irregular migration.
I have investigated how the principle of children’s best interests is invented and re-invented, and given negative significance, in Swedish and other Nordic countries’ asylum processes. The categorisation of various groups in Swedish migration legislation and its application, not least its excluding mechanisms, in a welfare state such as Sweden, are not very well known in an international perspective. Another focus in my research are political initiatives, struggles and negotiations in Swedish cities, for sanctuary and other forms of inclusion in the sphere of rights bearers in the welfare state. This research has often taken place during active participation in, and support of, political actions.
I have led a governmental inquiry about practical impediments to enforcement, and in the autumn of 2017, I presented legal proposals that should prevent people from becoming legally stranded.