Introduction: Conceptualizing Migrant and Refugee Integration

  • Gregg Bucken-KnappEmail author
  • Vedran Omanović
  • Andrea Spehar
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The chapter provides an overview of current and recent research on the integration of migrants and refugees in general, and in Sweden in particular. Research on immigrant and refugee integration is based on a set of assumptions, concepts, and definitions that are often tacit rather than explicit. Such assumptions and concepts are multilayered and complex and may lack coherence or even contradict each other. We therefore discuss the varying meanings of ‘integration’ and the conceptual frameworks that underlie these. We argue that mainstream research on migrant integration can be criticized for failing to acknowledge the subjective nature of the integration process and for being insensitive to the views and opinions of refugees.


Migrant and refugee integration Migrant voices Sweden Integration policy and politics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gregg Bucken-Knapp
    • 1
    Email author
  • Vedran Omanović
    • 2
  • Andrea Spehar
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Public AdministrationUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden
  2. 2.Department of Business AdministrationUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden
  3. 3.Department of Political Science and Centre on Global Migration (CGM)University of GothenburgGothenburgSweden

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