The Perception of the Integration Process and the Provision of Social Services by Immigrants

Authors

  • Martina Zakova Trnava University in Trnava Faculty of Health Sciences and Social Work Department of Social Work

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18662/po/60

Keywords:

Integration process, social services, immigrants, perception, Slovakia

Abstract

Migration is a phenomenon that is present in every country. For some countries, emigration is more typical, for another immigration. In the past, Slovakia was typically the emigration. Recently, however, more and more immigrants arrive in Slovakia, especially in terms of looking for work.

The aim of the study was to explore how foreigners perceive their integration process and the provision of social services in Slovakia. We particularly focused what social services they used during their integration process, How do they assess the approach of the staff of the institutions that provide social services.

The survey sample was composed of immigrants living in Slovakia for at least one year. We used a snowball technique to select the participants. The survey sample consisted of 25 people from different countries of origin.

Qualitative research strategy was used. Semi-structured interviews with immigrants living in Slovakia at least one year were conducted. The data were analyzed using the program Atlas.Ti.

Findings describe how immigrants perceive their integration process and how they perceive the provision of social services were mainly positive with a few of negative experiences.

This paper was prepared as a part of the project The Identity of Social Work in the Context of Slovakia [APVV-0524-12] funded by the Slovak Research and Development Agency.

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2019-03-22

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Zakova, M. (2019). The Perception of the Integration Process and the Provision of Social Services by Immigrants. Postmodern Openings, 10(1), 165-181. https://doi.org/10.18662/po/60

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