Country

Sweden Sweden

Title

Sweden, Expo Foundation (Stiftelsen Expo) (2015), Closed doors, (Stängda dörrar), Stockholm

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Year

2015

Type of publication

Study - qualitative research

Geographical coverage

National

Area/location of interest

Not applicable - national level

Type of Institution

Civil society organisation

Institution

Expo Foundation | Stiftelsen Expo

Main Thematic Focus

Hate crime Racism & xenophobia Discrimination

Target Population

Muslims Migrants Ethnic minorities Religious minorities

Key findings

The report indicated that Swedes, who belong to a minority group are subjected to discrimination and hate crimes in everyday life. This in turn leads to a lack of trust in local, regional and national governance structures, including the judiciary system. This lack of trust partly depends on individual experiences, but the researchers also found the existence of what they call a "collective perception", even among people who themselves have not been in contact with e.g. the police.
The study shows that Muslims experience that the public often has a generalized and stereotypical view of Muslims. They experienced that Islamophobia increased both during international conflicts as well as local incidents. As a result, Swedish Muslims feel that they are expected to take responsibility for political and violent forms of Islamism.

Methodology (Qualitative/Quantitative and exact type used, questionnaires etc)

Qualitative-based report using open and semi-structured interviews with people belonging to the following minority groups in Sweden: Afro-Swedes, Roma and Travellers, Jews, Muslims, Sami, the LGBTI community and persons with disabilities.

Sample details and representativeness

45 interviews were conducted, the interviewees were chosen through a snowball sampling and included persons belonging to the following minority groups in Sweden: Afro-Swedes, Roma and Travellers, Jews, Muslims, Sami, the LGBTI community and persons with disabilities.

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