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‘Everyday Bordering’ in England, Sweden and Bulgaria: social work decision making processes when working with migrant family members

Virginia Woolf Building, Strand Campus, London

21 Jan abstract main780x450 Part of Contemporary issues and debates in social work education, research and practice

This seminar is led by Julie Walsh, Lecturer in Sociology at The University of Sheffield. The seminar draws on a paper co-authored with Evelyn Khoo and Karina Nygren. Julie’s research interests include family, migration and childhood.

The global movement of people is a growing feature of contemporary life and it is essential that professionals providing support services know how best to engage with migrant families with whom they work. However, national borders continue to be significant and in contemporary life the ways in which immigration is controlled and surveilled - bureaucratically and symbolically - are multiple. Scholars refer to these practices of control as ‘Everyday Bordering’. 

This presentation draws on qualitative data from focus groups conducted with social workers in the wake of the so called 2015 ‘migration crisis’ and examines whether, and in what ways, social workers in three European countries enact these practices in their work with migrant family members.  

Attendance at this seminar is by invitation only.



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