Local, European and global: An exploration of migration patterns of social workers into Ireland

T. Walsh, George Wilson, E. O'Connor

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Abstract

Whilst the project to increase workforce mobility is part of a common labour force policy across the European Union, for some social workers, it has also been coupled with an aspiration to develop a pan-European identity within the profession (Lorenz, 1994, 2000; Frost, 2008). In this article, taking the island of Ireland as an example, we examine empirical data on the movement of social workers in recent years, both within Ireland and inward from outside the island, and consider the challenges and opportunities this has presented for the profession, also drawing on the British experience. From this analysis, some tentative conclusions are drawn about what is happening, what is possible and what is desirable in balancing aspirations for increased mobility within the European Union and a pan-European social work identity against the needs and interests of local, European and global communities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1978-1995
Number of pages18
JournalBritish Journal of Social Work
Volume40
Issue number6
Early online date13 Dec 2009
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Health(social science)

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