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Volume XI Article 8, September 2019

In this article we examine challenges and barriers immigrants experience from their own perspectives, on the way to the Swedish labour market, according to life world theory; bottom up/individual factors, which may influence participants’ labour market integration. From an individual perspective, participants identified (1) personal crisis as a reflection of a migration experience (herein migration crisis), (2) the need for guidance and reconnection in the new society and (3) the need for a holistic integration mentoring approach that takes into account migrants’ experiences and challenges. Based on these factors we developed a holistic mentoring model for migrants before they can enter the labour market permanently and wrote a handbook called ‘Mastering yourself’ – an intuitive mentoring handbook.

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