Civil society engagement has been increasingly addressed in the public discussion due to the increased flight movement in 2015. Many initiatives were spontaneously formed to provide care for the arriving refugees in Austria. Relatively quickly, some of the loose associations developed professional organisational structures and in this form - to some extent to this day - have supported inclusion work in the field of migration.
The motives for civil society involvement are not only of altruistic origin. The perspectives of finding a change from everyday working life and of being able to acquire new things play a role, among other things. At the same time, the desire of volunteers to be recognized as professionals by social work professionals is also growing.
A cartographical survey of initiatives in the field of migration - which is explained in extracts in this thesis - and the status quo of this survey led the author to her research interest: What motives led some civil society initiatives in the field of migration to professionalise their activities and to have their voluntary commitment professionally recognised? The analysis of the interviewees, who have a voluntary engagement or their main occupation in the field of migration - some of them both - also raises the question to what extent the social profession can and should ultimately distinguish itself from civil society engagement?
The publication "Gestaltung von Beziehungen im Kontext von Professionalisierung - Perspektiven auf zivilgesellschaftliches Engagement, Ehrenamt und Soziale Arbeit im Migrationsbereich" (Shaping Relationships in the Context of Professionalisation - Perspectives on Civil Society Engagement, Volunteering and Social Work in the Field of Migration), written by Ursula Liebmann, MA, was published in November 2019 by Lehrbuchverlag. ISBN: 978-620-0-27209-6