|dc.description.abstract||This explorative qualitative study is focused on the living conditions of undocumented
migrants in Sweden. It reviews the conditions of their flight and the asylum procedures.
The material wellbeing and social situation of these people are reviewed as well as the
reasons behind their extended stay in Sweden. Their active will is then discussed in terms
of human agency and self efficacy.
Undocumented migrants come legally or illegally in Sweden, many through difficult
routes. The majority of the undocumented migrants are rejected asylum seekers who
have spent many years in asylum procedures. They present a strong will and persistence
in their endeavors to survive and achieve their goals.
Being illegal is considered a way for classifying people in the society in this thesis. This
label not only limits the access to resources and social support systems, but also
represents how respectable the person can be. Legal status can have profound effects in
the social life and family relations of individuals. Undocumented migrants are
systematically deprived from access to most services including health care in Sweden.
They face economic hardships in lack of any support system and labour rights. Social
networks consist a valuable social capital for these people and in many cases is the only
way of survival.
Most of undocumented migrants have a fear of return in spite of being rejected for
asylum. They prefer their hidden life style in Sweden to return to a place which is
associated with fear and unrest for them. These people are present in a society in which
they have no share, much like watching the rest of people behind a glass wall.||sv
|dc.subject||undocumented immigrants, illegal immigrants, hidden refugees, living conditions, social capital, integration, human agency||sv
|dc.title||LIVING BEHIND A GLASS WALL - Living Conditions of Undocumented Immigrants in Sweden||sv
|dc.contributor.department||Göteborg University/Department of Social Work||eng
|dc.contributor.department||Göteborgs universitet/Institutionen för socialt arbete||swe