Social support strategies for immigrants : the context of social work practice in Lithuania

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

Intensification of migration flows makes Lithuania one of the immigrants host countries which, like other European Union countries, faces the challenge of integration of immigrants and in this process an important role has a social worker. The aim of research was to reveal the social support strategies used by social workers in solving social problems of immigrants during the process of their integration. The qualitative research using semi-structured interview method and content analysis method was done. The survey results suggest that immigrants during the process of integration face these social problems: the search for housing, employment, legal, financial, lack of access to relevant information. The results revealed that social workers, solving the social problems of immigrants, evaluate their nature and level and then apply the appropriate level of intervention. Social workers apply these micro level interventions: information and consultancy of immigrants, mediation and emotional support, which include individual social assistance. Social workers, solving the social problems of immigrants, apply these mezzo level interventions: development of social network of immigrants, organization of socio-cultural events, organization and coordination of volunteer activities. Social workers providing social assistance to immigrants’ integration process, use the following macro level interventions: dissemination of information on immigrant issues, conduction and dissemination of researches based on immigrant integration issues, dissemination of best practice of social workers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)90-97
JournalJournal of arts and humanities
Volume2
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Fingerprint

Lithuania
social support
social work
immigrant
social worker
Social Problems
social assistance
immigrant organization
cultural event
macro level
micro level
best practice
mediation
qualitative research
content analysis
social network
housing
migration
organization
lack

Keywords

  • Immigrant
  • Integration
  • Social problems

Cite this

@article{8de52d81e80044c6b454e4952a5f772b,
title = "Social support strategies for immigrants : the context of social work practice in Lithuania",
abstract = "Intensification of migration flows makes Lithuania one of the immigrants host countries which, like other European Union countries, faces the challenge of integration of immigrants and in this process an important role has a social worker. The aim of research was to reveal the social support strategies used by social workers in solving social problems of immigrants during the process of their integration. The qualitative research using semi-structured interview method and content analysis method was done. The survey results suggest that immigrants during the process of integration face these social problems: the search for housing, employment, legal, financial, lack of access to relevant information. The results revealed that social workers, solving the social problems of immigrants, evaluate their nature and level and then apply the appropriate level of intervention. Social workers apply these micro level interventions: information and consultancy of immigrants, mediation and emotional support, which include individual social assistance. Social workers, solving the social problems of immigrants, apply these mezzo level interventions: development of social network of immigrants, organization of socio-cultural events, organization and coordination of volunteer activities. Social workers providing social assistance to immigrants’ integration process, use the following macro level interventions: dissemination of information on immigrant issues, conduction and dissemination of researches based on immigrant integration issues, dissemination of best practice of social workers.",
keywords = "Immigrant, Integration, Social problems",
author = "Aiste Bartkeviciene and Rita Raudeliunaite",
year = "2013",
language = "English",
volume = "2",
pages = "90--97",
journal = "Journal of arts and humanities",
issn = "2167-9045",
publisher = "Maryland Institute of Research (MIR)",
number = "3",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Social support strategies for immigrants : the context of social work practice in Lithuania

AU - Bartkeviciene, Aiste

AU - Raudeliunaite, Rita

PY - 2013

Y1 - 2013

N2 - Intensification of migration flows makes Lithuania one of the immigrants host countries which, like other European Union countries, faces the challenge of integration of immigrants and in this process an important role has a social worker. The aim of research was to reveal the social support strategies used by social workers in solving social problems of immigrants during the process of their integration. The qualitative research using semi-structured interview method and content analysis method was done. The survey results suggest that immigrants during the process of integration face these social problems: the search for housing, employment, legal, financial, lack of access to relevant information. The results revealed that social workers, solving the social problems of immigrants, evaluate their nature and level and then apply the appropriate level of intervention. Social workers apply these micro level interventions: information and consultancy of immigrants, mediation and emotional support, which include individual social assistance. Social workers, solving the social problems of immigrants, apply these mezzo level interventions: development of social network of immigrants, organization of socio-cultural events, organization and coordination of volunteer activities. Social workers providing social assistance to immigrants’ integration process, use the following macro level interventions: dissemination of information on immigrant issues, conduction and dissemination of researches based on immigrant integration issues, dissemination of best practice of social workers.

AB - Intensification of migration flows makes Lithuania one of the immigrants host countries which, like other European Union countries, faces the challenge of integration of immigrants and in this process an important role has a social worker. The aim of research was to reveal the social support strategies used by social workers in solving social problems of immigrants during the process of their integration. The qualitative research using semi-structured interview method and content analysis method was done. The survey results suggest that immigrants during the process of integration face these social problems: the search for housing, employment, legal, financial, lack of access to relevant information. The results revealed that social workers, solving the social problems of immigrants, evaluate their nature and level and then apply the appropriate level of intervention. Social workers apply these micro level interventions: information and consultancy of immigrants, mediation and emotional support, which include individual social assistance. Social workers, solving the social problems of immigrants, apply these mezzo level interventions: development of social network of immigrants, organization of socio-cultural events, organization and coordination of volunteer activities. Social workers providing social assistance to immigrants’ integration process, use the following macro level interventions: dissemination of information on immigrant issues, conduction and dissemination of researches based on immigrant integration issues, dissemination of best practice of social workers.

KW - Immigrant

KW - Integration

KW - Social problems

M3 - Article

VL - 2

SP - 90

EP - 97

JO - Journal of arts and humanities

JF - Journal of arts and humanities

SN - 2167-9045

IS - 3

ER -