Preserving the voice of the affected

- the influence of residency status on refugees perceptions and choices in a time of disagreement revolving migration policy


In current research, it is well-established that nation-states have developed different policy approaches concerning the reception of refugees.On the one hand, some nation-states have introduced restrictive regulatory frameworks relying on temporary residency permits and visas. Other states have, on the other hand, introduced more inclusive approaches in which refugees are granted permanent residency. But how does residence status influence individuals' perceptions and choices after residency has been granted, and how does it affect a sustainable process of inclusion?

So far, the knowledge within contemporary research about the consequences of residency status remain rather limited. Yet, several scholars have noted a restrictive trend in migration policy across Europe. Sweden is often associated with liberal migration policies and, from a European perspective, a large reception of refugees. However, in the wake of the so-called refugee crisis in 2015 and 2016, this position has been questioned. In 2016, a migration law was implemented that abolished the granting of permanent residency. The law, which (initially) was instated as a temporary measure, is a drastic deviation from the historical approach to migration in Sweden and a shift towards an increasingly restrictive policy. 

In order to learn more about how residency status (secure or insecure modes of residency) affects the perceptions and choices of refugees, this project aims to collect data via a survey and interviews with Syrian refugees. Given how the temporary migration law in 2016 was implemented, our project is able to collect data from a balanced sample (in terms of individuals with permanent and temporary residency) that applied for asylum before the temporary law was instigated and the re-evaluation of the temporary permits had become institutionalized.

The project focus on the following questions:

How does residency status affect perceptions and individual motivations, explanations, choices and options about
a) housing and moving patterns,
b) work and education,
c) family related issues,
d) health, and
e) gender equality?

Did you receive an invitation to participate in the study?

You will find more information about the project below. The information is available in Swedish and Arabic. If you have any further questions you are welcome to contact one of the researchers in the project.

Information in Swedish / Information på svenska

Information på arabiska