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The experiences of migrant social work and social care practitioners in the UK: findings from an online survey

Hussein, Shereen, Manthorpe, Jill, Stevens, Martin (2011) The experiences of migrant social work and social care practitioners in the UK: findings from an online survey. European Journal of Social Work, 14 (4). pp. 479-496. ISSN 1369-1457. (doi:10.1080/13691457.2010.513962) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:68356)

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Abstract

Over recent years there has been a growing interest in the role of migrants in the social care sector in the United Kingdom (UK) and beyond. This article reports on the findings of an online survey of migrant social care workers in the UK, undertaken to complement a larger scale qualitative study on the subject. The survey aimed to test hypothesised relationships between migrant workers' characteristics, circumstances, experiences and future plans. The survey ran from February to May 2009 and was advertised widely. A total of 101 responses were received (73% of those sent a survey link). A focus group was held with seven newly appointed migrant social workers to discuss issues arising from their experiences. Survey respondents were aged 39 years on average and were predominantly (75%) women. They came from a wide range of countries and job roles, although almost half (47%) were social workers. Most mentioned financial needs and opportunity, in addition to altruistic motivations. Challenges, including bullying and mistreatment in the sector, were highlighted. These and other findings are discussed in the context of increased demand for social care workers in the developed world, and specific barriers and challenges facing different groups of migrant social care workers.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/13691457.2010.513962
Additional information: Unmapped bibliographic data: M3 - Article [Field not mapped to EPrints] U2 - 10.1080/13691457.2010.513962 [Field not mapped to EPrints] JO - European Journal of Social Work [Field not mapped to EPrints]
Uncontrolled keywords: Migration/Immigration; International Social Work; Professions; Critical Perspectives; Migrant Mobility; Recruitment
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Personal Social Services Research Unit
Depositing User: Shereen Hussein
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2018 11:49 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:25 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/68356 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Hussein, Shereen: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7946-0717
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