Migration and social work
This research group focusing on migration was formed in 2013 at the School of Social Work, Lund University. International Migration and Ethnic Relations (IMER) is an established research area that this research is linked to. The contribution of the social work discipline to this line of research is still very modest, but this is likely to change. New studies address discipline-specific issues and many of these studies show that many migrants are not covered by the established social safety nets. This and other forms of social exclusion gives rise to new strategies to cope with welfare, and migrants themselves are key actors in these processes.
Developing discipline-specific migration research is an overall aim of this research group. More specifically, we intend to study how social work is conceptualized in migration-related issues, which interventions it causes both within the established welfare institutions and beyond institutionalized forms. We also discuss how the migration phenomenon challenges established institutions, not least the significance and boundaries of the national welfare state , and questions the basic premise of knowledge in the understanding of social life and in the extension of social work.
The senior researchers and PhD students included in this group are working on their own research projects and participate in both international and national research groups and networks that work around the theme of migration. We are also active in newly formed networks with specific focuses on migration and social work.