Lesson for the future or threat to sovereignty?
Contesting the meaning of the 2015 refugee crisis in Sweden
in Refugees and the violence of welfare bureaucracies in Northern Europe

The chapter focuses on Sweden and illustrates the construction of refugees as a national risk, which ultimately impeded the ability to respond to the influx of large number of refugees in 2015. The analysis reveals a fundamental difference between the national and local government. The national government saw 2015 as a threat to sovereignty, while the municipalities saw it as a strain on the bureaucracy that was successfully managed, but the lessons and resources of which were lost on the government and the state precisely at the moment when new practices were established that could effectively deal with another mass entry. The national government curtailed the autonomy of the local government, however. The author concludes that, far from threatening Swedish state sovereignty, the ‘refugee crisis’ has both justified, asserted, and extended sovereignty by recourse to national and international law, and an associative chain link between asylum seekers, illegal immigration, terrorism, and crisis.

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