The Voices of Refugees as a Method

  • Gregg Bucken-KnappEmail author
  • Vedran Omanović
  • Andrea Spehar
Part of the Global Diversities book series (GLODIV)


This chapter details the methodological approach that guides our study. We begin by characterizing our underlying approach as inherently pluralist and not excessively driven by concerns over generalizability. Next, we provide an argument for the added value of including refugee voices when considering the integration process, stressing that we see their inclusion as providing important missing data to be factored in alongside that which can be obtained from more standard accounts. Following this, we detail the choices made when collecting and analyzing refugee voices through the use of life narratives, individual semi-structured interviews, and group interviews. Finally, we call attention to how our data results from multiple smaller projects, highlighting potential concerns, yet emphasizing how this data is still fit for purpose.


Qualitative methods Semi-structured interviews Life narratives Migrant and refugee integration Migrant voices Sweden Integration policy Politics and practices of organizing 


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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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