Taking the ‘Just’ Decision: Caseworkers and Their Communities of Interpretation in the Swiss Asylum Office

Author(s) : Laura Affolter, Jonathan Miaz, Ephraim Poertner

Source : https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-94749-5_13

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Migration, Geschlecht und der Kampf um Rechte : grenzüberschreitender Aktivismus italienischer Migrantinnen in der Schweiz der 1960er und 1970er Jahre

Author(s) : Sarah Baumann

Source : http://doi.org/10.5169/seals-515042


« Women accounted for one-third of the post-war migration from Italy to Switzerland. Nevertheless, there has been remarkably little discussion of their experiences and practices in historical research in Switzerland.This seems due to the ingrained assumption that the typical migrant was male and that women passively followed as family members.This paper challenges this perspective on female migration by showing migrant women as socio-political actors. »

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Migration in a context of globalisation

Author(s) : Sandro Cattacin, Martina Gabriele Kamm, Gianni D’Amato

Source : https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:40958


« This paper discusses the most important tendencies in the relation between coun- tries of different economic performance and political stability. These differences are the basis to explain migration in a context of globalised relations between Nation States and raise important questions in the regulation of belonging through citizenship. »

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Entre demandes de reconnaissance et politique d’accommodation: Les orientations culturelles, sociales et politiques des Musulmans en Suisse

Author(s) : Marco Giugni, Matteo Gianni, Noémi Michel

Source : http://www.snf.ch/SiteCollectionDocuments/nfp/nfp58/NFP58_Schlussbericht_Giugni.pdf


« Depuis son origine, l’État suisse a été confronté à la gestion du pluralisme religieux et culturel. Cependant, cette gestion s’est progressivement complexifiée avec l’arrivée de nouveaux groupes de migrants et avec l’augmentation de la visibilité publique de groupes sociaux. Les dynamiques multiculturelles de la Suisse se sont transformées. D’une société multiculturelle composée de minorités regroupées sur une base territoriale, la société helvétique est devenue une société multiculturelle dans laquelle la référence territoriale est de plus en plus secondaire. Ceci implique que les instruments de gestion classiques du pluralisme culturel de l’Etat, comme par exemple le fédéralisme ou la démocratie directe, ne sont pas à eux seuls adaptés pour réguler les dynamiques sociales et politiques induites par la présence et l’action politique des groupes non territorialisés. C’est dans ce contexte que se pose la question de l’accommodation et de l’intégration des musulmans en Suisse. »

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Addressing barriers to work for asylum seekers: Report from Switzerland

Author(s) : Kim Roos, Ines Wenger, Rahel Sowe, Yvonne Indermühle

Source : https://doi.org/10.1080/14473828.2018.1540100


« There are more displaced persons in the world than ever. Part of them arrive in Europe and ask for asylum status in Switzerland. The aim of this paper is to provide an insight in the current asylum process in Switzerland and its impact on the work situation of asylum seekers as an illustration of a meaningful occupation. The internet was searched for public statistics and reports about the asylum process in Switzerland. The main part of statistics and reports was available through the web site of the Swiss government. Asylum seekers in Switzerland have to wait between several months to two years until the asylum process is completed. During this time, a work permit is restricted. During the waiting time of the process and afterwards the likelihood of working in a low-income job is higher for asylum seekers compared to Swiss citizens. Furthermore, it usually takes more than two generations for an asylum seeker to reach the same work level as locals. Even though the welfare services offer some support for asylum seekers, statistics regarding work suggest that the integration into the Swiss labour market is still very difficult. Many factors hinder asylum seekers from integrating into the Swiss labour market. Swiss laws can create situations of occupational deprivation and a cut in occupational identity due to the non-acceptance of former professions and study degrees or work experience. In the current situation of Switzerland, the occupational therapy service is rarely involved in the process of work integration. The investigated statistics may show that occupational therapy could be a useful enrichment during the integration of asylum seekers into the labour market. »

KEYWORDS: Asylum processasylum seekerworkintegrationSwitzerlandoccupational therapy

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