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Imagined independence among highly skilled Swedish labour migrants
Göteborgs universitet.
2019 (English)In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 56, no 1, p. 27-51Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The political discussion on intra-European mobility differentiates between mobile, internationally employable individuals and immobile, locally employed ones. Mobile EU citizens, in turn, are subdivided into “attractive” highly skilled workers and “unwanted” lower skilled workers. Transnational labour mobility among the highly skilled often results from an individual’s free will to move, disregarding structural reasons. This article examines the expectations and experiences of highly skilled Swedish labour migrants seeking qualified employment in Germany and the UK, exploring their strategies and modes of handling the mismatch between expectations and actual experiences. The findings demonstrate that the vulnerability migrants experience while working abroad does not seem to affect their self-understanding of being independent, flexible and highly mobile European citizens. The interviewees’ self-understanding is therefore conceptualised as an imagined independence, and one that stands in sharp contrast to their experiences of vulnerability and unexpected difficulty in the host country.

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Sveriges Sociologförbund , 2019. Vol. 56, no 1, p. 27-51
Keywords [en]
Highly skilled labour migration, intra-European mobility, symbolic capital, im/mobility of capital, Swedish migrants
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-29845OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-29845DiVA, id: diva2:1302040
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