"THE DISCRIMINATION AND INJUSTICE EXPERIENCED BY MIGRANT WORKERS IN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES IN DISREGARD TO LEVELS OF EDUCATION"
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 40 credits / 60 HE creditsStudent thesis
This thesis explores and maps out the subjective experience of foreign migrant workers, specifically Philippino nurses, within two European countries, in relation to potential discrimination and injustice. And a qualitative, Grounded Theory study gathered primary data from a random, convenience sample of migrant workers within the UK and Sweden (12 participants from each country and 24 in all). Participants were recruited via an international online nursing forum, and an email questionnaire sent to those who agreed to participate. Follow-up interviews were carried out with participants via telephone. And after open, axial and selective coding, a model of discrimination for these workers emerged under the following primary themes: migration; integration; discrimination. Workers were motivated to become nurses in order to move abroad, and chose their destination country according to having social or familial ties in that country. Workers experienced the need to achieve integration in working lives but found themselves excluded from the normal social spheres and relationships enjoyed by their non-migrant colleagues. They experience discrimination based on pre-conceptions about them as Philippinos, and see this discrimination as affecting their professional status within the hierarchy of health professions and occupations. Both host countries provided experiences of discrimination, but this was more acute within the UK. Conclusively, migrant Philippino nurses in the UK and Sweden experience social exclusion from normal social spaces and relationships, and suffer discrimination which results in them lacking the same levels of respect and professional status as their ‘native’ colleagues. Rather than implementing blanket equality policies, it would be recommended that governments and employers target attitudinal change to enhance social inclusion for migrant workers.
Keywords Discrimination, Injustice, Migration, Integration
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. , 61 p.
Mid Sweden University licentiate thesis, ISSN 1652-8948
Social Sciences Sociology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-11715OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-11715DiVA: diva2:324362
2010-06-03, B312, Östersund Campus, Mittuniversitetet, 14:30 (English)
Johansson, Roine, Professor
Carlson, Per, Docent