Making Sense of Citizenship: What Citizenship Means to Immigrants in Sweden (A study on Pakistani Immigrants living in Sweden)

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Publication 2-year master student thesis
Title Making Sense of Citizenship: What Citizenship Means to Immigrants in Sweden (A study on Pakistani Immigrants living in Sweden)
Author Kanwal, Ahmed
Date 2018
English abstract
Very few empirical studies in migration and citizenship focus on immigrants' perceptions of the concept of citizenship and its prominent features. Based on the semi-structured interviews of 8 Pakistani immigrants (Swedish citizenship holders and non-citizenship holders) in Sweden, this study aimed to understand how these immigrants perceive and define Swedish citizenship, and how do they value it in material, symbolic, and emotional terms. Through conceptual framework and literature review of citizenship in its symbolic, materialistic, and emotional term, three central approaches mobility, sense of security, and sense of belonging were derived and analyzed. The findings of this research suggest that immigrants who participated in this study tend to value Swedish citizenship. They are very concerned about their security and protection which is provided by the state to a citizen in every sphere of life; economically, socially, politically; protection against the deportation; and while traveling anywhere in the world. These immigrants perceived that passport makes a difference, and during travel, it enables and constrains inequalities, restrictions, and uncertainties in the mobility arena. Furthermore, when it comes to belongings: the interviewee relate it to work, spending time in the country, and participation in the society. Finally, this study recommends further research with different migrants groups in Sweden to understand the true essence of Swedish citizenship in immigrants' worldview.
Publisher Malmö universitet/Kultur och samhälle
Language eng (iso)
Subject Citizenship
Mobility
Security
Protection
Sense of Belonging
Pakistani
Immigrants
Sweden
Citizen
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/25721 Permalink to this page
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