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Title: Ethnic community as a source of social support for migrant workers : the case of the Chinese community in the UK
Author: Lo, Lan
Awarding Body: University of Nottingham
Current Institution: University of Nottingham
Date of Award: 2013
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Migrant workers' integration has been a crucial problem facing the welfare countries during the last decade as a consequence of globalisation. It is recognised that migrant workers are contributing to their host countries work force yet many fall outside the integration programmes through the shortfalls of social support provision. Within the UK social support system there are three key elements in relation to migrant workers: governmental, non-governmental organisations and ethnic community support. This study explores the efficacy of the roles and relationships among the three elements and the implications for migrant workers' support, and the central question can be stated as: Whether mobilizing ethnic community's potential role on migrant workers support can help in improving their integration into society? To research these aims and objectives, in-depth observation and qualitative interviews were used throughout a project on Chinese community in the East Midlands area, UK. Through two stages of this field work, the vulnerability of migrant workers and their barriers to social support were identified. It was also found that social stratification, fragmentation and segmentation within ethnic community have exacerbated migrant workers' vulnerability and barriers. Based upon these findings, a 'Multi-Participation Network (MPN)' is recommended to mobilize the potential resources that ethnic community can deliver for migrant workers' integration.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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