PhD researcher or student information
Degrees BA: Bachelor of Social Work
MA Advanced Development in Social Work
Masters in Development Studies
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Brief description:The primary focus of this paper will be given to the perception and experiences of asylum seekers and refugees in the formal social protection. Currently, harsh migration controls, anti-immigrant policies and restrictions on service provision are challenging asylum seekers and refugees’ access to formal social protection in the host countries. In the UK, several new policies have also been introduced to regulate the social protection services for asylum seekers and refugees. Hence, the extent to which the formal social protection for refugees and asylum seekers is achieved in the UK needs to be understood and examined. This research adopted a predominant focus on the perceptions and experiences of asylum seekers and refugees, as it will be beneficial in exploring and examining the contemporary struggles within the restricted resource environment in the UK. However, it will also include key informants to explain their point of views that are attached to the experiences of asylum seekers and refugees. A triangulated approach in this research will help to understand the full picture and/or provide detailed insights into different dimensions in the formal social protection.
Methodology:The participants of this research will be asylum seekers, refugees and key informants from Liverpool and Glasgow. Fifty asylum seekers and refugees, and twenty key informants (such as social workers, professionals, advocates and policymakers from the state sector, non-government and charity organisations) will be identified through purposive and snowball sampling. This research will use focus group discussions, semi-structured interviews, participant observations and field notes as data collection methods.
Keywords: Glasgow, social protection, Refugee, Experience, Asylum Seekers
Language(s) of writing: English
Edge Hill University
Department of Social Sciences