Social challenges associated with human mobility are a global phenomenon impacting societal life at different levels. Increasing legal and non-legal migration, socio-economic and cultural dimensions challenge academic endeavors and public policies. In the case of Chile, the country has experienced a strong growth of labor immigration and other forms of displacement during the past 25 years, particularly affecting migrations from other Latin American countries. On the other hand, Sweden´s patterns have changed from predominantly labor migration to a refugee migration over a 60-year period. Despite geopolitical differences between Chile and Sweden, they share a migration historical patterns. Chilean migration to Sweden starting in the early 1970s has developed to transnational mobility involving a new generation of migrants. Focusing on this common history we address a number of questions and perspectives in order to study the Chilean-Swedish case:

  • Circular migrations, historical memories; the Chilean diaspora in Sweden
  • National and transnational identities and the construction of the other/ourselves in language, cultural hybridizations, networks and cultural practices
  • Exclusion/inclusion affecting racism, xenophobia, classism and gender practices of resistance in a transnational and local context.
  • New inequalities and transnational welfare strategies: labour, urbanization, education, culture, public health, public policies, and environment
  • Intersectionality as an analytical tool to articulate race, gender, class, age, ability, sexuality, ethnicity, religion.