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Social work and migration

In the research and teaching environment Social work and migration participants study and discuss social work in times of migration. What challenges and opportunities does migration bring about for professional social work? What consequences do policy implementation, regulations, norms and values within social work practice have for the well-being of migrants, integration and experiences of inclusion and belonging?

Our research

Social work and migration started in 2015 as a collaborative forum for researchers and teachers at the department of social work interested in and responding to ongoing and increasing migration processes. The participants' study processes related to the political, ideological and regulative circumstances that provide limits, challenges, and opportunities for social work in a society characterised and influenced by migration movements. They also seek to understand working conditions, values and experiences among various categories of social workers dealing with migration issues, and with people affected by forced or voluntary migration. Not least, they gather knowledge about the consequences of social work policy and practice for migrants and the society as a whole.

In doing so, the participants in Social work and migration are involved in several activities related to research, teaching and collaboration with researchers/research groups, in both national and international contexts as well as local communities and NGOs.




Besides contributing by adding migration perspectives to several courses at the Social Work Study Programme and in some advanced courses at Linnaeus University, the group has developed the master course Social work in the age of migration. By offering a multitude of perspectives on migration and citizenship in pluralistic societies, one aim of the course is to provide students with a spectrum of theoretical and analytical tools to increase their ability to assess critically and analyse different structural conditions that shape global migration patterns, including discourses that frame the understanding of migratory movements. Another aim is to allow the students to explore and learn more about social work practices and the character of the institutions operating in a migration context.