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Between Empathy and Understanding: Experiences of Finnish host families offering social care for asylum seekers

Lapina, Valerija LU (2016) SIMV08 20161
School of Social Work
Graduate School
Abstract
The interest of this research lies in the nexus between the state and the individual in providing social care for people searching asylum in Finland. The study explores the experiences of host families involved in offering home accommodation for asylum seekers. More specifically, it aims to understand the subjective role that host families assign to themselves when providing social care for this target group, which traditionally has been seen as the sole responsibility of the state. This inquiry is grounded within the framework of two theoretical blocks – first, normative foundations and ideology embedded in the social democratic welfare regime, and second, individual agency within the frame of structuration theory. This theoretical... (More)
The interest of this research lies in the nexus between the state and the individual in providing social care for people searching asylum in Finland. The study explores the experiences of host families involved in offering home accommodation for asylum seekers. More specifically, it aims to understand the subjective role that host families assign to themselves when providing social care for this target group, which traditionally has been seen as the sole responsibility of the state. This inquiry is grounded within the framework of two theoretical blocks – first, normative foundations and ideology embedded in the social democratic welfare regime, and second, individual agency within the frame of structuration theory. This theoretical framework has been applied to analyse the subjective understanding of the participants in regard to welfare provision and ideology of the Finnish welfare state. This has illustrated that individuals, by means of their agency, become active contributors for providing social care. The research was conducted by using qualitative research methodology, looking at the experiences of six host families living in Helsinki, Finland. Data was collected with the help of semi-structured interviews and analyzed using thematic content analysis. Findings of the study reveal that the main contribution of the home accommodation for asylum seekers was seen in its potential to offer cultural integration. Furthermore, findings suggest that host families did not perceive home accommodation as a replacement of the services that should be provided by the state, but as an additional input to the social care for asylum seekers. (Less)
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author
Lapina, Valerija LU
supervisor
organization
course
SIMV08 20161
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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keywords
home accommodation, asylum seekers, welfare state, Refugees Welcome Finland, structuration theory, social democratic welfare regime, social care
language
English
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8891464
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2016-09-29 16:22:28
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2016-09-30 14:05:33
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  abstract     = {The interest of this research lies in the nexus between the state and the individual in providing social care for people searching asylum in Finland. The study explores the experiences of host families involved in offering home accommodation for asylum seekers. More specifically, it aims to understand the subjective role that host families assign to themselves when providing social care for this target group, which traditionally has been seen as the sole responsibility of the state. This inquiry is grounded within the framework of two theoretical blocks – first, normative foundations and ideology embedded in the social democratic welfare regime, and second, individual agency within the frame of structuration theory. This theoretical framework has been applied to analyse the subjective understanding of the participants in regard to welfare provision and ideology of the Finnish welfare state. This has illustrated that individuals, by means of their agency, become active contributors for providing social care. The research was conducted by using qualitative research methodology, looking at the experiences of six host families living in Helsinki, Finland. Data was collected with the help of semi-structured interviews and analyzed using thematic content analysis. Findings of the study reveal that the main contribution of the home accommodation for asylum seekers was seen in its potential to offer cultural integration. Furthermore, findings suggest that host families did not perceive home accommodation as a replacement of the services that should be provided by the state, but as an additional input to the social care for asylum seekers.},
  author       = {Lapina, Valerija},
  keyword      = {home accommodation,asylum seekers,welfare state,Refugees Welcome Finland,structuration theory,social democratic welfare regime,social care},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Between Empathy and Understanding: Experiences of Finnish host families offering social care for asylum seekers},
  year         = {2016},
}