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Project: Global social work and human mobility

This EU project's main objective is to consolidate an international and inter-sectorial network of comparative and collaborative research and training on the identification, analysis and dissemination of good practices in the field of social work and human mobility in the European countries involved in the project. Participating organizations include universities, local town halls and third sector organizations.

Project information

Project name
Global social work and human mobility: Comparative studies on local government and good social work practices in the euro-mediterranean region
Project managers
Torun Elsrud, Philip Lalander
Other project members
Lindita Aliti, Barzoo Eliassi, Jesper Johansson, Kristina Gustafsson, Emma Söderman
Participating organizations
- Sweden: Lund University; Eos-Cares, Lund; Linnaeus University
- Spainn: Universidad de Granada; Ayuntamiento de Granada; Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Madrid; Red Acoge, Madrid; Bayt Al-thaqafa, Barcelona; Diversities Acolle, Vigo; Rioja welcomes, Logroño
- Italy: Universita Degli Studi di Palermo; Comune di Palermo; Universita Degli Studi di Firenze, Florence; Fondazione Nazionale Degli Assistenti Sociali (FNAS), Rome; Oxfam, Tuscany
- Horizon 2020 Global-Answer (MSCA-RISE-2019 – Marie Skiodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange)
- Faculty of Social Sciences, Linnaeus University
1 Jan 2022–31 Dec 2025
Social work (Department of Social Work, Faculty of Social Sciences)

More about the project

The reception and socioeconomic inclusion of migrants and refugees are key issues for contemporary Europe, particularly in the Euro-Mediterranean region, where the magnitude of new arrivals arouse great human rights concern. Social work professionals are in the front line of this challenge, playing a key role in local government responses and professional practices for the reception and inclusion of newcomers.

Experienced qualitative methodological approach used in migration studies and related to social work will be utilized mainly. The participants of this project will exchange skills and knowledge, which will allow them to progress towards key advances in the identification, transfer and promotion of good practices on local government and social work interventions with migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and other groups in conditions of vulnerability as a result of human mobility (non-accompanied children and youth, the elderly, victims of human trafficking, the disabled, transnational families, victims of ethnic, religious and sexual orientation discrimination, etc).

The methodological approach will combine secondments of senior and junior researchers and social work professionals, the implementation of comparative research, training workshops and activities to disseminate knowledge and promote good social work practice, such as international conferences, the elaboration of guidelines and the production of publications in national and international journals, including special issues focused on the good social work practices identified during the project.

The project is part of the research in the research groups Social work and migration and Linnaeus University Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies.