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Maja Sager.

Maja Sager

Senior lecturer

Maja Sager.

Constructions of Deportability in Sweden. Refused Asylum Seekers’ Experiences in Relation to Gender, Family Life, and Reproduction

Author

  • Maja Sager

Summary, in English

Drawing on ethnographic material, this article examines how the experiences of refused asylum seekers in Sweden are shaped by migration policies, welfare policies, and gender norms. The article develops a feminist account of deportability to examine some gendered and reproductive aspects of everyday experiences of seeking asylum in Sweden. Focusing on the interview accounts of one heterosexual couple and one woman from Kosovo, I explore how their experiences are formed by the refusal of asylum claims in cases of sexual violence and/or their relationship and parental status. The analysis reflects on the way in which the specific legislative situation in the time period in which these interviews were made led to a privileging of families

with children above single migrants and/or couples without children. It also reflects on how experiences of deportability clash dramatically with the idea of Sweden as a women-friendly welfare state.

Department/s

  • Department of Gender Studies

Publishing year

2016

Language

English

Pages

30-44

Publication/Series

NORA - Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research

Volume

24

Issue

1

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Topic

  • Gender Studies

Keywords

  • Migration
  • feminism
  • deportability
  • irregularity
  • asylum rights
  • gender

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 1502-394X