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Discourses on home and return in Sweden

Porotnikova, Ekaterina LU (2012) SIMV29 20121
Graduate School
Abstract
Repatriation has been proclaimed as the important right of an individual to go back home and returnees are often seen as substantial force for development and reconstruction of their home countries. It is assumed that once the reasons that force people to flee are eliminated, people will want to return back. There is a separate repatriation program in Sweden that aims to support those who decide to return, though not many people apply for help and the number of returnees per year is relatively small.
The purpose of this study is to look at the differences and similarities of the discourses on home and return among policy-makers and refugees. The results show that the notions of home and return are quite similar, whereas different... (More)
Repatriation has been proclaimed as the important right of an individual to go back home and returnees are often seen as substantial force for development and reconstruction of their home countries. It is assumed that once the reasons that force people to flee are eliminated, people will want to return back. There is a separate repatriation program in Sweden that aims to support those who decide to return, though not many people apply for help and the number of returnees per year is relatively small.
The purpose of this study is to look at the differences and similarities of the discourses on home and return among policy-makers and refugees. The results show that the notions of home and return are quite similar, whereas different meanings are
attached to the concept of ‘belonging’. I suggest that if belonging of refugees to the Swedish society is recognized, their agency is also acknowledged, thus increasing the possible contribution that refugees can bring both to host and home countries. (Less)
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author
Porotnikova, Ekaterina LU
supervisor
organization
alternative title
Similarities and differences in discourses on home and return between government officials and refugees from Afghanistan in Sweden
course
SIMV29 20121
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
refugees, repatriation, return, home, belonging, discourses, agency, Sweden, Afghanistan, identity, refugee cycle
language
English
id
2628922
date added to LUP
2012-06-13 14:53:47
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2012-06-13 14:53:47
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  abstract     = {Repatriation has been proclaimed as the important right of an individual to go back home and returnees are often seen as substantial force for development and reconstruction of their home countries. It is assumed that once the reasons that force people to flee are eliminated, people will want to return back. There is a separate repatriation program in Sweden that aims to support those who decide to return, though not many people apply for help and the number of returnees per year is relatively small. 
The purpose of this study is to look at the differences and similarities of the discourses on home and return among policy-makers and refugees. The results show that the notions of home and return are quite similar, whereas different meanings are
attached to the concept of ‘belonging’. I suggest that if belonging of refugees to the Swedish society is recognized, their agency is also acknowledged, thus increasing the possible contribution that refugees can bring both to host and home countries.},
  author       = {Porotnikova, Ekaterina},
  keyword      = {refugees,repatriation,return,home,belonging,discourses,agency,Sweden,Afghanistan,identity,refugee cycle},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Discourses on home and return in Sweden},
  year         = {2012},
}