Language training and well-being for qualified migrants in Sweden

Lika Rodin (Department of Health and Learning, University of Skövde, Skövde, Sweden)
Andre Rodin (Department of Social Work, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden)
Susanne Brunke (Komvux Adult Education, Gothenburg, Sweden)

International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care

ISSN: 1747-9894

Publication date: 12 June 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the role of “Korta Vägen” (The short cut), a targeted language program for qualified migrants in Sweden, in self-maintaining, well-being and perspectives for socio-economic integration for foreigners with academic diploma.

Design/methodology/approach

In-class observations, individual semi-structured interviews, focus-group interviews and written essays were used for data collection. A thematic analysis was applied as a method of data analysis. Amartya Sen’s capability approach constituted a theoretical framework of the research discussion.

Findings

Korta Vägen provides various resources for the participants, some of which (language training and internship) can become real advantages for employment. Others (IT, interview training and CV writing) are less translatable into concrete outcomes. The study suggests that satisfaction with the program is modulated by commitment to one’s professional identity, initial language proficiency, scope of cultural knowledge, the participants’ goals and the flexibility of the training offered. The acculturation frame of the program does not necessarily correspond with the objective need of many participants for quick entry into the labor market.

Originality/value

Insights into the social-psychological aspects of targeted language training as a measure for socio-economic integration can serve to enhance educational and institutional policies and professional practice.

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Acknowledgements

The authors are grateful for help and assistance from teachers at Korta Vägen and to all participants who contributed to this research.

Citation

Rodin, L., Rodin, A. and Brunke, S. (2017), "Language training and well-being for qualified migrants in Sweden", International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care, Vol. 13 No. 2, pp. 220-233. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJMHSC-11-2014-0043

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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