Foreigners in the town. Experience of voluntary immigrants living in a small town

Daniel Markovic (Coresponding Author), Anna Zilova

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The aim of the paper is to unveil the experiences of voluntary
immigrants to Slovakia related to their life in a small Slovak town and
to identify opportunities for intervention through social work, particularly
experience in the field of interpersonal relations, employment or during
studies, and in the economic field. In research, we are interested in voluntary
migrants who chose small towns in Slovakia, which are culturally and
linguistically homogeneous. We have chosen a qualitative research strategy.
Research design is grounded theory. As a research tool, we chose an
individual structured interview (In-Depth Interview). For qualitative analysis
of data, we used the coding; we set descriptive and inductive codes,
subcategories and categories. The subject of research is eight voluntary
immigrants to Slovakia who live in small towns for at least one year at
the time of research. Thus, they meet the long-term migration criterion.
Participants were selected on a deliberate basis to cover the phenomenon of
voluntary migration. Due to the chosen research design, theoretical sampling
is the case.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication7th International Interdisciplinary Scientific Conference SOCIETY. HEALTH. WELFARE
EditorsU. Berķis, L. Vilka
PublisherEDP Sciences
Number of pages10
Volume68 (2019)
ISBN (Electronic)978-2-7598-9081-1
Publication statusPublished - 25 Nov 2019
Externally publishedYes
Event7th International Interdisciplinary Scientific Conference "Society. Health. Welfare": Contemporary Social Dynamics and Welfare: Urban and Rural Development Perspectives - Riga, Latvia
Duration: 10 Oct 201812 Oct 2018
Conference number: 7

Publication series

NameSHS Web of Conferences ISSN
ISSN (Print)2261-2424


Conference7th International Interdisciplinary Scientific Conference "Society. Health. Welfare"
Internet address


  • Human migration
  • Social work
  • Voluntary immigrants

Field of Science*

  • 5.4 Sociology

Publication Type*

  • 3.3. Publications in conference proceedings indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database


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