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Globalization of migration to Sweden: Labor immigration from India and China 2008-2014

Research project
Inactive research
Project size
2 628 000
Project period
2013 - 2017
Project owner
Department of Sociology and Work Science

Short description

In 2008, Sweden introduced new rules for labor immigration from countries outside the EU. This was the biggest change in Swedish immigration policy in 40 years. The new immigration policy encourages increased labor immigration. The new immigration policy has also favored a globalization of migration to Sweden. This globalization means that the number of sending countries has increased and that migrants in Sweden come from more countries than before. Under the 2008 rules, migrants do not primarily come from countries in Europe, but from Thailand, China and India. This project examines the increased migration from India and China. The increased migration from India and China is a new migration pattern.

The purpose of the project is to explain how this new migration pattern was initiated and established.


Denis Frank, project leader


Chia-Ling Yang, co worker, The National University of Taiwan