Research group

  • Forskere: Helga Eggebø, Walter Schönfelder, Mai Camilla Munkejord
  • This article investigates the link between family migration and integration. It is based on a literature review of existing research across the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries, focusing on examples from Denmark and Norway. Much of the existing literature on family migration and integration analyses legal changes and policy arguments. Focusing on literature about integration and regulation outcomes, we identify the following two dominant topic areas in existing academic work: (1) empirical studies of labour market integration outcomes for family migrants – some limited to focusing on intra-marriages – and (2) research about the consequences of family immigration regulations. The article highlights the need for a new research agenda that moves beyond studies of intra-ethnic marriages and labour market participation to include all groups of family migrants and diff erent dimensions of integration. Moreover, it should analyse long-term eff ects of family migration regulations, as well as postentry regulations and social structures.
    Forskere: Helga Eggebø, Jan-Paul Brekke
  • Social and humanistic gerontology have challenged the narratives of pessimism and decline embedded in bio-medical models of aging and care. One stream of criticism comes from literature about active ageing, and another from literature on person-centred care. A common concern is how to promote well-being during old age. This study explores the possibilities of promoting well-being and person-centred care practices in the context of home-based elderly care. It is based on qualitative interviews and observational data from two rural municipalities in Northern Norway. Using descriptive-interpretive qualitative research methods, we have explored the met and unmet needs of 28 older adults receiving home-based care services. The interviews revealed that their needs for medical treatment and practical assistance in the home were largely accommodated for. However, they had needs that frequently remained unaddressed, particularly the need for social interaction and for engaging in meaningful everyday activities outside the house. What is experienced as meaningful to our participants is embedded in local landscapes and practices, and in their personal biographies and bodily experiences. We show how carers and local communities may promote well-being by accommodating for embodied experiences that create a sense of connectedness to the land, history and people.
    Forskere: Helga Eggebø, Mai Camilla Munkejord, Walter Schönfelder
  • What is the meaning of active ageing in the daily life of frail older people in need of comprehensive home-based care services? This chapter addresses this question using in-depth interviews with women and men aged 70-97 in Northern Norway. The chapter illustrates first, that some older women and men actually prefer to age actively within their home by doing activities such as reading books, solving Sudoku, watching TV and watching birds at the bird feeder. Second, it illustrates the key role potentially played by the next of kin in helping older relatives with different practical issues that may have major impacts on their social well-being. Third, we provide evidence for the limits of public care services in supporting older people with no or few relatives who, also when
    Forskere: Helga Eggebø, Mai Camilla Munkejord, Walter Schönfelder
  • In this report, we review existing research about family migration and integration. A key topic here is how immigration regulations affect integration. Marriages between a second-generation immigrant and a spouse from their parents’ country of origin have attracted significant political and academic interest. The findings from this research is presented in the report. Existing research also shows that family migration is commonly portrayed as a barrier to integration, and concerns over integration are used strategically to justify increasingly strict family immigration regulations. Yet, there is little empirical support for such claims. Restrictive measures on family migration, such as income requirements, pre-entry language and integration tests, and age limits, reduce the number of applications and residence permits granted for family migrants. Consequently, restrictive policies unavoidably lead to family separation that has a serious negative impact on families’ and children’s mental health, well-being and integration. The report presents a wide range of national and comparative studies and identifies topics for future research.
    Forskere: Helga Eggebø, Jan-Paul Brekke
  • Forskere: Helga Eggebø, Mai Camilla Munkejord, Walter Schönfelder


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