Linnaeus University Centre for Discrimination and Integration Studies

Principal research environment at Linnaeus University with focus on discrimination and integration studies. The research covers economics, psychology and political science.

Our research

Who is included and who is excluded?

The fact that origin is important in Sweden as well as in many other European countries is well known. In general, people with a foreign background have lower incomes while also being unemployed to a larger extent than the rest of the population. Similar inequality in quality of life has also been observed when it comes to health, school performance and democratic participation. Integration, when understood as an equal opportunity to realise life projects, regardless of origin and ethnicity, seems to be a distant goal also in contemporary welfare states.

At Linnaeus University, there is a long tradition of labour market research within these fields. By using register data, the researchers have studied differences in career opportunities and income among different groups of foreign-born people. The research group has also carried out assessments of labour market and integration policies, with the aim of using this knowledge to put forward proposals for measures to prevent exclusion of disadvantaged groups on the labour market. Furthermore, the impact of refugee immigration on government finances has been studied.

An important part of the research focusing on the situation of foreign-born on the labour market has been to identify various obstacles on the labour market. Examples of such obstacles are prejudice and discrimination, on which the researchers have carried out a number of internationally unique, experimental studies. In later years, these studies have been broadened to also comprise studies of discrimination on the housing market and within health care. As a way to increase the knowledge of how the establishment of foreign-born people on the labor market can be improved, research is also carried out on how self-employment contributes to the integration of foreign-born people.

In a similar way, the research group has studied how different demographic factors, like age, gender and sexual orientation affects an individual's income and possibility to land a job.

In the light of this research experience, Linnaeus University Centre for Discrimination and Integration Studies continues to work to contribute with new and qualified knowledge.


Working papers

External funding

The fact that the centre has attracted many clients and a wide range of funding providers which support projects at the Linnaeus University Centre for Discrimination and Integration Studies, is proof that this is an important matter for society.

External funding for the group has come from the Kamprad Family Foundation, the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet), the Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research (FAS), Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ), the Crafoord Foundation, the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems VINNOVA, Handelsbanken Research Foundation, the Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan), the Swedish Crime Victim Compensation and Support Authority (Brottsoffermyndigheten) and others.