Swedish Politics and the Participation of Turkey-Origin Migrants


Aydin B.

ANKARA AVRUPA CALISMALARI DERGISI-ANKARA REVIEW OF EUROPEAN STUDIES, vol.18, no.1, pp.71-108, 2019 (Journal Indexed in ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 18 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Title of Journal : ANKARA AVRUPA CALISMALARI DERGISI-ANKARA REVIEW OF EUROPEAN STUDIES
  • Page Numbers: pp.71-108

Abstract

Sweden first received mass labor immigration from Turkey in the mid-1960s. Immigration continued in subsequent years but at a slower pace. Today nearly one hundred thousand immigrants from Turkey are living in Sweden. This article is based on fifteen in-depth interviews about political perception, participation, behaviors and inclination of immigrants from Turkey vis-a-vis Swedish immigration history and historical and contemporary dynamics of Swedish politics. While the political preferences of immigrants, who are socially and economically better adapted to Sweden, are diversified, interesting trends are also emerging about the 'new wave of migration'. Relying on in-depth interviews, participant observation, and literature review this paper explores the phenomenon of being 'native in a foreign country.'