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Passing the Buck. The case of failing multilevel governance and vulnerable EU migrants in Sweden

Journal article
Authors Andrea Spehar
Jonas Hinnfors
Gregg Bucken-Knapp
Published in Nordic Journal of Migration Research
Volume 7
Issue 2
Pages 114-123
ISSN 1799-649X
Publication year 2017
Published at School of Public Administration
Department of Political Science
Pages 114-123
Language en
Links https://doi.org/10.1515/njmr-2017-0...
Keywords EU mobility • Vulnerable EU migrants • Multilevel governance • Sweden • Stockholm • Gothenburg
Subject categories Public Administration Studies

Abstract

Sweden represents an intriguing paradox regarding EU migrant integration. Its welfare state institutions are highly developed; its integration policies have a solid record. Still, a substantial proportion of EU migrants are facing poor working conditions, unemployment and homelessness. This article highlights the ongoing difficulties, both for EU migrants to Sweden, as well as for a broad range of Swedish public actors seeking to devise governance solutions in a frequently ad hoc manner. We argue that while EU migrant integration is a policy challenge reflecting a multilevel setting, there is little evidence that multilevel governance has emerged. Rather, actors at all levels seek instead to shift the responsibilities associated with EU migrant integration to other levels, maintaining that EU migrant integration is beyond their competencies and resource levels. The analysis draws upon public documents and interviews with the key national and local stakeholders

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