Public social services’ encounters with irregular migrants in Sweden : amid values of social work and control of migration

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Public social services’ encounters with irregular migrants in Sweden : amid values of social work and control of migration
Author(s) Björngren Cuadra, Carin ; Staaf, Annika
Date 2012
English abstract
This article outlines Public Social Services’ encounters with irregular migrants in Sweden from the perspectives of institutional and street-level bureaucrats. Staff and executive considerations are influenced by a de jure exclusion of irregular migrants, which is an element of the control of migration. Staff face contradictory demands concerning international and national regulations, which leads to legal ambiguities open to discretionary powers. The aim of this study is to explore the handling of such cases experiences and considerations with an interest in the values that are invoked when AQ1 enacting discretion and to discuss implications of the unclear legal situation. The material was obtained using web-based questionnaires. A tentative analysis confirms that the Public Social Services encounter irregular migrants and that handling differs greatly. It suggests that different approaches and the contradictory legal framework endanger the rule of law. Differing reference points appear to be invoked when enacting discretion: some related to social work and others to controlled migration. The social work values invoked by some respondents might imply an appreciation of a right to services and control of migration as independent processes and jurisdiction related to human rights that are applicable beyond the nationally framed legal status and not subordinated to policies of migration.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13691457.2012.739556 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Host/Issue European Journal of Social Work;1
Volume 17
ISSN 1369-1457
Pages 88-103
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Irregular Migrants
Public Social Services
Steet Level Bureaucrats
Discretion
Values of Social Work
Control of Migration
SUSA
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/14632 (link to this page)

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