A new article from our migrant professionals research project
Beddoe, L., & Fouché, C. B. (2014). ‘Kiwis on the Move’: New Zealand Social Workers’ Experience of Practising Abroad. British Journal of Social Work. doi:10.1093/bjsw/bcu049
Over the last decade, global workforce shortages have seen governments seek to recruit social work practitioners offshore; as a consequence, increasingly, mobile practitioners are navigating the opportunities and challenges posed by working and living in countries other than where they obtained their professional qualifications. This article reports a small exploratory study describing the experiences of ten social workers who qualified in New Zealand but who were practising in England, Scotland or Ireland during 2010–11. While differences in community, work and professional cultures pose challenges, the opportunity such travel provides for reflection on cultural and professional differences is found to be at the heart of participants’ overall positive experiences.
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