How does the recent changes in Swedish migration policy affect individuals as well as the development of sustainable cities and communities?

How does temporary and permanent residence status affect different integration outcomes, such as work, well-being, family formation or studies? How does local housingpolicy for newly arrived refugees differ between Swedish municipalities? How does migration policy affect refugee movements? My research focuses on how the recent changes in Swedish migration policy, from 2016 and onwards, affect individuals as well as the development of sustainable cities and communities.

I am a lecturer at Linköping University och headteacher of the course ”Livsvillkor – Grannskap och Identitet” (7.5 HP) at the bachelor program in Social and Cultural analysis.

My main research interests revolve around multicultural politics, the multicultural society, integration, and migration. I am especially interested in how the changes in Swedish migration policy, since 2016 and onwards, affect the inclusion, well-being, and housing situation of refugees. Since 2021 I conduct a research project with a focus on this topic entitled “Temporarily Welcome – An investigation of the links and impediments between the restrictive turn in migration policy and the transformation to a socially sustainable and inclusive society”

Since 2021, I am part of a research project at REMESO entitled “Admitted but not accommodated – Planning for sustainable housing for migrants with refugee backgrounds in times of changing migration policies”. In the project, we will map challenges and solutions to a sustainable housing situation for refugees based on the perspectives of the refugees themselves. We will counter these perspectives with that of city planners and municipal actors to find new solutions for a sustainable housing situation for all.

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