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Social Participation and Mental Health in the Establishment Programme for Newly Arrived Refugees in Sweden—A Document Analysis
Department of Health Sciences, The Swedish Red Cross University College, Sweden.
Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Ethnology. Department of Health Sciences, The Swedish Red Cross University College, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3848-0869
Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions. Department of Health Sciences, The Swedish Red Cross University College, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0981-2430
2022 (English)In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, ISSN 1661-7827, E-ISSN 1660-4601, Vol. 19, no 8, article id 4518Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Newly arrived refugees and asylum seekers constitute a vulnerable population in terms of health and social conditions due to lived trauma and experiences of loss, as well as factors in the host country such as not speaking the language, not having employment and social exclusion. Studies have shown that many newly arrived refugees find it difficult to establish a sustainable position in the host country’s labour market due to a lack of connections, low levels of education and politi-cal, social and cultural barriers. The Swedish Public Employment Service runs an establishment programme aimed at helping newly arrived refugees to find employment quickly and manage their own livelihoods. In this study, we analyse the administrator support document used by Swedish Public Employment Service case workers in their work with the programme to explore whether and how it considers the participants’ mental health and conditions for social participation. The results show that despite newly arrived refugees being especially vulnerable in terms of mental health, little attention is paid to these aspects, the possible effects they may have on the programme, the participants’ integration into the labour market and Swedish society as a whole.

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MDPI, 2022. Vol. 19, no 8, article id 4518
Keywords [en]
establishment programme, labour market, mental health, newly arrived refugees, social participation, the Swedish Public Employment Service, administrative personnel, adult, article, attention, employment, female, human, human experiment, job market, male, refugee, social worker, Sweden
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International Migration and Ethnic Relations
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-48807DOI: 10.3390/ijerph19084518ISI: 000785239200001PubMedID: 35457384Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85127633272OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-48807DiVA, id: diva2:1653479
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2016-07194Available from: 2022-04-22 Created: 2022-04-22 Last updated: 2022-05-06Bibliographically approved

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