A qualitative analysis of migrant social workers’ work experiences and perceived prejudice from an empowering acculturative integration approach

Hatzidimitriadou, E. and Psoinos, M. (2017) A qualitative analysis of migrant social workers’ work experiences and perceived prejudice from an empowering acculturative integration approach. European Journal of Social Work. ISSN 1369-1457.

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Abstract

An increasing number of migrant social workers are employed in the UK social work sector. This article explores the acculturative integration experiences of a small group of migrant social workers. We critically observe that research on migrant professionals’ trajectories should adopt theories that emphasise people’s empowerment and potential for agency. We use a framework drawing on liberation psychology for analysing the autobiographical narratives of a sample of migrant social workers employed in England. Findings indicate that the participants perceived prejudice on a number of occasions and circumstances. Even though in their narrative of survival they talked about activating several psychosocial resources, they were sceptical about their professional development and dissatisfied at work. The paper discusses the emerging findings while highlighting the framework’s relevance for understanding these experiences from an empowering acculturation perspective and suggesting ways of improving migrant social workers’ acculturative integration by addressing systemic barriers.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Migrant social workers; acculturative integration; professional development; perceived prejudice
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV0640 Refugee problems
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV0040 Social service. Social work. Charity
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Wellbeing
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Depositing User: Prof Eleni Hatzidimitriadou
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2017 15:50
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2017 05:53
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/16326

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