Service and welfare in transnational space

Project leader


Funding source

Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ)

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2011
Funding: 3536000 SEK


The aim of this project is to understand how social networks assume responsibility for social support in transnationally connected migrant populations. The focus is on social care and welfare related services among Assyrians/Syriac migrants residing in Sweden and among Swedish/Nordic migrants residing in Spain whose everyday lives are embedded in transnational spaces. There are significantly different social, demographic, cultural and economic opportunities for people belonging to these two different categories in, for example, providing care for the elderly or economically supporting a relative in need. The social practices of these diasporas will thus materialise in different ways at a time of diminishing public resources for general welfare expenditure and the emergence of new forms of public-private welfare provisions. The two categories also have different experiences of publicly and privately organised and financed welfare and of formal and informal care in their ‘home-countries', both of which affect how social support will be perceived and organised in the two diasporic cases.

Data will be collected through an inventory of welfare actors, semi-structured interviews with these actors, participant observations in service and care institutions and in-depth interviews with welfare actors active among Assyrian/Syriac migrants in Sweden and Swedish/Nordic migrants in Spain.

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