The lives and conditions of migrant families with disabled children

In the last two decades there has been a substantial growth in the migrant population in Iceland. This qualitative study focuses on how migrant families who have disabled children tackle daily life, their experiences of the service system, as well as their overall participation in the Icelandic society.  The study is based on interviews with different family members as well as on observations. Preliminary findings indicate that migrant families share many of the same experiences that have been described among non-migrant families with disabled children but also face added barriers in their lives.


  • Snæfríður Þóra Egilson, Professor in Disability Studies
  • Guðbjörg Ottósdóttir, Assistant Professor in Social Work
  • Unnur Dís Skaptadóttir, Professor in Anthropology
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