Refusing Refusal

The Struggles of Stateless Palestinians in the Swedish Migration Regime

  • Helena Lindholm University of Gothenburg
Keywords: Stateless, Palestinians, refugees, migration politics, Sweden


This article explores the ways in which contemporary Swedish migration politics are manifested and performed in relation to stateless Palestinians. A qualitative case study shows how the migration regime of Sweden aggravates conditions of statelessness through managerial aspects of categorisations, temporalities, passivisation and spatialities. The article illustrates how securitised migration politics are detrimental to how statelessness is lived and experienced but also that stateless migrants actively engage with this regime in order to resist, protest and achieve change. Using counter-conduct as a prism through which to analyse migrant resistance, the article further explores how stateless migrants do not passively submit themselves to the outcome of penalising regimes, but struggle for a right of presence.

How to Cite
Lindholm, H. (2021). Refusing Refusal. The Statelessness & Citizenship Review, 3(2), 267-86. Retrieved from