Towards a Differentiated Integration: What is Missing from Somali Integration in Norway?

University essay from Lunds universitet/Graduate School; Lunds universitet/Statsvetenskapliga institutionen; Lunds universitet/Pedagogik; Lunds universitet/Master of Science in Global Studies

Author: Matilde Hekne; [2021]

Keywords: Social Sciences;

Abstract: This thesis examines the integration of Somalis in Norway, pointing out how Somalis are allegedly worse integrated than other groups of immigrants in Norway. The thesis examines why this may be and what factors affect Somali integration in Norway. The study is based on a content analysis of government documents regarding integration strategies in Norway and five podcast episodes featuring people of Somali origin. The results from the content analysis is related to the chosen theoretical approaches; Kymlicka’s group-differentiated rights based on multiculturalism, Song’s work on multiculturalism, and Taylor’s ‘Politics of Recognition’. The major conclusion drawn from the thesis is that due to the divergences in culture, religion, language, reason for migrating, ethnicity, etc., the Somali’s have not managed to be integrated as well as other immigrant groups. Therefore, the thesis suggests a focus on ‘Differentiated Integration’, an integration strategy that recognizes the differences amongst immigrants in order to make the integration strategy suitable for different groups.

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