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Research field: Migration

Research on migration at the Department of Social Work is about understanding the living conditions and agency of migrants in relation to welfare and control systems. Methodologically, the main focus is on qualitative research, consisting of interviews, observations and document analysis, to highlight the migrants’ own perspectives. Below are examples of some the research themes pursued:

  • Navigating through life in encounters with authorities and control systems (including people with residence permits and those who are “pending” and “undocumented”)
  • Focus on housing, especially publicly assisted housing for “unaccompanied” children, but also private homes
  • Experiences of being listened to, and experiences of trust in relation to government officials or staff at publicly assisted housing units
  • Maintaining and creating a sense of community
  • How power and control systems operate and have a direct impact on people’s everyday lives
  • How resistance can be organised and shown against power and control systems
  • Social mobilisation
  • Racism and discrimination
  • Discourses on migrants
  • Social justice and injustice

Although a major part of the research concerns young people and their agency, there is also research at the department about the living condition for older migrants. 

Ongoing research projects

Being done as unaccompanied refugee children. A study on how children in need of protection are being constructed and refugee children’s experiences of migration policies

Ethnic relations in social work. A study of steering documents, teaching and student experiences in Swedish social work education.

Islamic family counselling

Parallell cultural worlds: Islamic integration policies in multicultural society

Skilled migration to globalising China: An ethnographic study on migrants

Unaccompanied asylum seeking children; experiences of living with relatives as foster parents

Unaccompanied minors: agency and networks in a hyper-complex world

Last updated by Carolin Lind