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Transforming Biographical Experience into Occupational Accountability: Paraprofessional Integration Workers’ Efforts to Professionalise Integration Support in Sweden
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Work and Social Pedagogy. (LINA)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5529-1904
2022 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Migration Research, E-ISSN 1799-649X, Vol. 12, no 4, p. 396-412Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Integration support is a rather new professional field, and it is common for paraprofessionals (PPs) with personal migration experiences as their main qualification to perform the work without having a job description, education or ethical principles to follow. In previous research, migration experiences have been contested as a professional competence and criticism has been raised about a lack of professionalism. Organisational professionalisation directed from above – such as education, guidelines and standardisation – has been requested. This study raises questions about occupational professionalisation from within, from the working group itself. Based on workplace learning theory, the study explores how a working group of 30 PP integration workers in Civic Orientation are enhancing occupational capacities jointly. They identified a lack of client responsiveness as a problem and developed an explanatory model where their own biographical experience of migration (themselves as former migrants or their family members and recollections of their former ‘home country’) play a crucial role. Thus, the results indicate that one’s own migration experience can be a part of and a motivator for occupational professionalism of PPs if it is allowed to be collectively reflected on, critically scrutinised and contextualised.  

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Helsinki University Press, 2022. Vol. 12, no 4, p. 396-412
Keywords [en]
Paraprofessional, Integration support, Civic orientation, Professionalisation, Occupational professionalism, Biographical experience, Accountability, Workplace learning
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International Migration and Ethnic Relations Learning
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Work Integrated Learning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-19821DOI: 10.33134/njmr.27ISI: 000910847200003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85147751029OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-19821DiVA, id: diva2:1796926
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