IMISCOE Web Directory - Nedzad Mesic

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In 2010 I commenced post graduate studies and was in 2017 awarded the degree of Doctor in Philosophy in the subject area of Ethnic and Migration Studies. Today I work as a university teacher in society and culture in a school perspective and engage in research on integration vis-à-vis language education for newly arrived adult immigrants; and spare time activities of youth living in deprived city areas.

My dissertation – Negotiating Solidarity: Collective Actions for Precarious Migrant Workers’ Rights in Sweden – examines collective actions aiming to improve the precarious conditions of three categories of migrant workers – discriminated, seasonal and undocumented. The examined collective actors are composed of formal organisations such as non-governmental organisations, organisations founded on ethnic grounds and trade unions, but also more temporary groups and networks. The analysis foregrounds contemporary societal, economical and legal transfigurations that create the conditions for collaboration among the actors and the negotiations which they conduct. In four articles, I illustrate that there is a broad range of collective actors who are prepared to assist precarious migrant workers and to negotiate and at best improve their labour market conditions. These actors face many and difficult challenges. However, as the dissertation demonstrates, their engagement has made the reality of precarious migrant work visible to the public, legitimised the workers’ needs and enabled them to claim their rights.
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Migration, learning and social inclusion



The high number of refugees coming to Sweden are challenging in terms of inclusion. Adult and popular education have historically been a tool for migrants' language learning. With current migration patterns, adult and popular education have once more been proposed as a means of including migrants. Such practices, how they are organized, and with what effects, have been sparsely researched in a Swedish context.
Thus, the overall aim of this program is to analyse and develop knowledge about in what ways, and with what success, different initial language learning practices serves as tools for the inclusion of migrants into the labour market and society more widely. The program poses the following specific research questions:

• What are the long-term effects of migrants’ participation in Swedish language learning within adult education? What differences in terms of effects can be identified based on individual as well as contextual characteristics?

• How can long-term effects of migrants’ participation in Swedish language learning within adult education be understood in terms of migrants’ own meaning-making of such participation?

• What different kinds of trajectories of inclusion can be identified among migrants participating in language learning within adult education?

• How do different adult education practices for migrants’ language learning facilitate, in various extent, their inclusion in the labour market and Swedish society more widely?

The analytical framework departs from the concept trajectory of inclusion which makes it possible to trace and identify migrants’ movements across time and place (education, work, unemployment etc.), and the conditions making their inclusion more or less possible. The program is divided into four projects, focusing on three settings for initial language learning: Swedish for immigrants, language learning at refugee accommodations, and language introduction courses at folk high schools. Combining register data analysis, with a qualitative research design (observations and interviews on site in the three settings), as well as through follow up interviews with students after two and four years about the meaning they attach to their trajectory in Sweden, the program provides new knowledge on migrants’ inclusion in the Swedish labour market and society more generally.

Funding: Linköping University, municipality of Norrköping, ABF, the county council of Östergötland.

https://liu.se/en/research/migration-learning-and-social-inclusion

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