I am an assistant professor at the Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity, and Society and the course coordinator for "Living Conditions - Neighborhood and Identity" (7.5 credits) and "Fieldwork" (15 credits) in the program for Social and Cultural Analysis (SKA). My main research interests are in multicultural politics, the multicultural society, integration, and migration. I am particularly interested in how contemporary changes in Swedish migration policy, primarily from 2016 and onwards, affect inclusion, well-being, and housing situations for newly arrived individuals. Below is information about my ongoing research:
Project: Temporarily Welcome - How does restrictive migration policy impact labor market participation? This project focuses on the recent changes in Swedish migration policy after 2016 and examines how they are linked to labor market participation and the well-being of individuals. The project identifies two groups, one of which has been affected by the new policy and compares outcomes between the groups. The project is based at REMESO but is also conducted at the Center for Municipal Studies (CKS) and the Institute for Housing and Urban Research at Uppsala University.
Project: Admitted but not Accommodated - How do municipalities handle the housing of newly arrived individuals? (together with Branka Likic-Brboric, Nicolina Ewards-Öberg, Emma Holmqvist & Irene Molina) In this project, we aim to map the challenges and solutions for sustainable housing for newly arrived refugees, based on the newcomers' perspectives. These perspectives will be contrasted with the viewpoints of planners and other municipal actors to find solutions that can contribute to sustainable housing. As part of the project, we conducted a survey in 2022 targeting individuals affected and unaffected by Sweden's current migration policy. We intend to use the survey and other materials, such as interviews, to learn more about the housing situation of newly arrived individuals in different municipalities and how it is influenced by Sweden's migration legislation after 2016. We have a website for the project that you can find below.
Project: Who gets Asylum? and The Effect of Return Benefits (together with Henrik Andersson and Linna Martén) What discretion do decision-makers have in processing asylum claims? How do economic incentives affect return decisions? In the first project, we study decision-making in the asylum process, with a particular focus on how unrelated factors, such as characteristics of decision-makers and applicants or media reporting/world events, influence the outcome in a claim for asylum. In the second project, we examine how economic incentives impact the propensity to return among asylum seekers with negative decisions on their asylum applications.
Project: Gatekeepers of the Undesired? (together with Gustav Lidén, Jon Nyhlén, Emma Holmqvist, and Joel Jacobsson) What knowledge exists about how the local level uses housing policy to attract/exclude certain population groups? In this project, we conduct a knowledge overview to study how municipal housing policy can be used as a method to restrict settlement for vulnerable groups in general and refugees in particular.