Migrant parents

CPCS Associate Raquel Herrero-Arias is based as the University of Bergen (Norway), and her initial research (through a doctoral project) explores the experiences of parenting among Southern European migrant parents in Norway. Subsequently she is a researcher on ‘Romomatter’, a project  funded by the Justice Programme of the EU 2012-2020 that explores teenage motherhood among Roma girls, and collaborator on a study that collects data on refugees’ understanding of the measures implemented by the Norwegian government to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, which is funded by Stiftelsen Dam.


Herrero-Arias, R., Lee, E. and Hollekim, R. (2020) ‘The more you go to the mountains, the better parent you are’. Migrant parents in Norway navigating risk discourses in professional advice on family leisure and outdoor play, Health, Risk & Society 10.1080/13698575.2020.1856348

Herrero-Arias, R., Hollekim, R., Haukanes, H. and Vagli, A. 2020. ‘The emotional journey of motherhood in migration. The case of Southern European mothers in Norway’. Migration Studies https://doi.org/10.1093/migration/mnaa006

Herrero-Arias, R., Ortiz-Barreda, G., Hollekim, R., Briones-Vozmediano, E., & Vives-Cases, C. 2019. ‘The Position of the Child in the Life Experiences of Immigrant Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence: A Study of Service Providers’ Perspectives in Spain’. Journal of Interpersonal Violence https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260519889931

Additional Reading

Aamann, I. C., & Dybbroe, B. 2018. ‘So under “cause for concern”, I’ll write that…’class, parenting and risk prevention in public health practices in schools: a question of moral value?’ Health, Risk & Society 20(5-6): 259-275. https://doi.org/10.1080/13698575.2018.1537438

Christiansen, Ø., & Hollekim, R. 2018. ‘In-home Services: A Rights-Based Professional Practice Meets Children’s and Families’ Needs’. Pp185-208 in Human Rights in Child Protection’ Palgrave Macmillan.

Hennum, N. 2014. Developing Child-centered Social Policies: When Professionalism Takes Over. Social Sciences 3(3): 441-459. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci3030441

Hollekim, R., Anderssen, N., & Daniel, M. 2016. ‘Contemporary discourses on children and parenting in Norway: Norwegian Child Welfare Services meets immigrant families’. Children and Youth Services Review 60: 52-60. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2015.11.004

Tembo, M. J., Studsrød, I., & Young, S. 2020. ‘Governing the family: immigrant parents’ perceptions of the controlling power of the Norwegian welfare system’. European Journal of Social Work 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1080/13691457.2020.1738349