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Jag trodde att man ska få kompis svensk - En kvalitativ studie om fadderprojektet "Tjej till tjej"

Guter, Johanna LU and Pettersson, Malin LU (2011) SOPA63 20111
School of Social Work
Abstract
”I thought you would get a Swedish friend” – A qualitative study about a mentorship project called ”Girl to girl”. [Translated title]

During the last couple of years, integration has become a central part of Swedish society. Studies show two ways to look at the integration process. One refers to the immigrants’ responsibility to adapt to the majority population. The other approach argues that integration is a mutual process, demanding participation from both the minority and the majority populations. Authorities have been criticized for establishing an integration policy resulting in segregation. Because of the growing segregation, integration has become an important issue for Non Governmental Organisations. This paper examines an... (More)
”I thought you would get a Swedish friend” – A qualitative study about a mentorship project called ”Girl to girl”. [Translated title]

During the last couple of years, integration has become a central part of Swedish society. Studies show two ways to look at the integration process. One refers to the immigrants’ responsibility to adapt to the majority population. The other approach argues that integration is a mutual process, demanding participation from both the minority and the majority populations. Authorities have been criticized for establishing an integration policy resulting in segregation. Because of the growing segregation, integration has become an important issue for Non Governmental Organisations. This paper examines an integration project hosted by a local Save the Children organisation in Sweden. The idea behind the project is to give newly arrived immigrants the opportunity to meet a Swedish mentor and develop a relationship. The purpose of this study was to explore the participants’ understanding of the purpose behind the project, and to analyse how it affects their relationship. Based on a qualitative method, semi- structured interviews were conducted with four immigrants and five mentors. The broad perspective of Rational Choice and Role theory was used to analyze our empirical material. The results showed that the different groups each had a distinct view regarding the relationship. Where the immigrants saw a mutual relationship, instead the majority of the mentors described an unequal relationship. Whilst the mentors perceived their main role as being supportive and helpful, the immigrants expected a friendship. This resulted in a role- conflict for the mentors, where two of them adjusted to the immigrants’ wishes and developed a mutual relationship. However, three of the mentors still refer to their relationship as being unequal, maintaining a structure where the immigrants are segregated. (Less)
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Guter, Johanna LU and Pettersson, Malin LU
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”I thought you would get a Swedish friend” – A qualitative study about a mentorship project called ”Girl to girl”. [Translated title]
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SOPA63 20111
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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Key words: Integration, Immigrants, Mentor, Non Governmental Organisation, Mutual relationship, Unequal relationship
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Swedish
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1971932
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  abstract     = {”I thought you would get a Swedish friend” – A qualitative study about a mentorship project called ”Girl to girl”. [Translated title]

During the last couple of years, integration has become a central part of Swedish society. Studies show two ways to look at the integration process. One refers to the immigrants’ responsibility to adapt to the majority population. The other approach argues that integration is a mutual process, demanding participation from both the minority and the majority populations. Authorities have been criticized for establishing an integration policy resulting in segregation. Because of the growing segregation, integration has become an important issue for Non Governmental Organisations. This paper examines an integration project hosted by a local Save the Children organisation in Sweden. The idea behind the project is to give newly arrived immigrants the opportunity to meet a Swedish mentor and develop a relationship. The purpose of this study was to explore the participants’ understanding of the purpose behind the project, and to analyse how it affects their relationship. Based on a qualitative method, semi- structured interviews were conducted with four immigrants and five mentors. The broad perspective of Rational Choice and Role theory was used to analyze our empirical material. The results showed that the different groups each had a distinct view regarding the relationship. Where the immigrants saw a mutual relationship, instead the majority of the mentors described an unequal relationship. Whilst the mentors perceived their main role as being supportive and helpful, the immigrants expected a friendship. This resulted in a role- conflict for the mentors, where two of them adjusted to the immigrants’ wishes and developed a mutual relationship. However, three of the mentors still refer to their relationship as being unequal, maintaining a structure where the immigrants are segregated.},
  author       = {Guter, Johanna and Pettersson, Malin},
  keyword      = {Key words: Integration,Immigrants,Mentor,Non Governmental Organisation,Mutual relationship,Unequal relationship},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Jag trodde att man ska få kompis svensk - En kvalitativ studie om fadderprojektet "Tjej till tjej"},
  year         = {2011},
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