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"Helt plötsligt sitter världen på våra gator och vi kan se hur det ser ut" - En kvalitativ studie av socialarbetares upplevelser av arbetet med EU-migranter

Tonjac, Martina LU and Mårtensson, Ida LU (2015) SOPA63 20151
School of Social Work
Abstract
The aim of this study was to examine the experiences regarding the work with EU-migrants among social workers in the nonprofit sector, whom comes in contact with the phenomenon. Furthermore, we wanted to highlight the work challenges in relation to EU-migrants, but also in relation to cooperation with other affiliates. In the study we used semi-structured interviews, i.e. a qualitative approach. Furthermore, we made a choice by including only social workers in the nonprofit sector as respondents, whereas in previous research it has been made clear that these were representative as a majority of support and assistance/help to EU-migrants. The interviewed social workers describe that their experience is that many of the migrants find... (More)
The aim of this study was to examine the experiences regarding the work with EU-migrants among social workers in the nonprofit sector, whom comes in contact with the phenomenon. Furthermore, we wanted to highlight the work challenges in relation to EU-migrants, but also in relation to cooperation with other affiliates. In the study we used semi-structured interviews, i.e. a qualitative approach. Furthermore, we made a choice by including only social workers in the nonprofit sector as respondents, whereas in previous research it has been made clear that these were representative as a majority of support and assistance/help to EU-migrants. The interviewed social workers describe that their experience is that many of the migrants find themselves trapped as they more often lack not only the experience and education, but also suffer due to language barriers, therefore forcing them into begging in order to survive. The lack of a well organized municipal welfare for this group has on the other hand lead to non-profit organizations acting flagship in the support of EU-migrants arriving in Sweden. According to the respondents, their organizations provide the homeless EU-migrants with food, clothes and shelter. Moreover, the respondents describe the work with the EU-migrants as important but challenging - there is a lot of resistance which affect their work. The resistance comes on various shapes and sizes, but the most mentioned by the respondents are the language, shortage of resource and resistance from the public. Moreover, our respondents have concluded that the responsibility of support lies not only on a municipal level, but stretches across the entire European Union as a whole. Another thing that is heavily emphasized is the fact that levels of co-ordination and assistance vary greatly depending on the area or sector of operation wherein the people of need reside. (Less)
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Tonjac, Martina LU and Mårtensson, Ida LU
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SOPA63 20151
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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keywords
experiences, social workers, EU-migrants, challenge, non-profit organization
language
Swedish
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7363183
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2015-06-22 10:41:38
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  abstract     = {The aim of this study was to examine the experiences regarding the work with EU-migrants among social workers in the nonprofit sector, whom comes in contact with the phenomenon. Furthermore, we wanted to highlight the work challenges in relation to EU-migrants, but also in relation to cooperation with other affiliates. In the study we used semi-structured interviews, i.e. a qualitative approach. Furthermore, we made a choice by including only social workers in the nonprofit sector as respondents, whereas in previous research it has been made clear that these were representative as a majority of support and assistance/help to EU-migrants. The interviewed social workers describe that their experience is that many of the migrants find themselves trapped as they more often lack not only the experience and education, but also suffer due to language barriers, therefore forcing them into begging in order to survive. The lack of a well organized municipal welfare for this group has on the other hand lead to non-profit organizations acting flagship in the support of EU-migrants arriving in Sweden. According to the respondents, their organizations provide the homeless EU-migrants with food, clothes and shelter. Moreover, the respondents describe the work with the EU-migrants as important but challenging - there is a lot of resistance which affect their work. The resistance comes on various shapes and sizes, but the most mentioned by the respondents are the language, shortage of resource and resistance from the public. Moreover, our respondents have concluded that the responsibility of support lies not only on a municipal level, but stretches across the entire European Union as a whole. Another thing that is heavily emphasized is the fact that levels of co-ordination and assistance vary greatly depending on the area or sector of operation wherein the people of need reside.},
  author       = {Tonjac, Martina and Mårtensson, Ida},
  keyword      = {experiences,social workers,EU-migrants,challenge,non-profit organization},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {"Helt plötsligt sitter världen på våra gator och vi kan se hur det ser ut" - En kvalitativ studie av socialarbetares upplevelser av arbetet med EU-migranter},
  year         = {2015},
}