The book focuses on Social Work with refugees in African, Middle East and European countries. Published as a follow-up to the ‘International Social Work Week’ in Würzburg/Germany with professionals and experts from all over the globe, this book intends to share insights into country-specific developments, challenges and potentials of Social Work in forced migration contexts. The objectives are to map Social Work in this field of action across several countries, to bring into sharper focus an International Social Work in forced migration contexts as well as to contribute in connecting Social Work scholars and experts around the globe.
An ever more globalizing world creates new spaces of transnationalism and mobility in manifold dimensions. It causes paradigm shifts in various aspects including science. At the same time 65.6 million human beings are forcibly displaced worldwide. Social work, claiming to be a human rights profession promoting social change and development, would be expected to be in the front line when it comes to not only engage people and structures to address life challenges and enhance wellbeing in practice but also to research the field and to develop underlying theories. Unfortunately, this is not the case, so far. Looking at literature and curricula, one is surprised by the all too often only superficial covering if not even by the vacuum left.It is the intention of this book
– to prove flight and migration to be an original dimension of international social work
– to initiate and promote a well-founded, truly global, academic social work discussion on flight and migration
– to integrate the paradigm shifts into reference disciplines
– to bridge the gaps between the discourses in countries of origin, of transit and of destination.
Authors from Germany, Greece, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, the Lebanon, Nigeria, Spain, Turkey, Uganda and the United States of America contribute to the book.
Prof. Dr. Ralf Roßkopf, Vice President for International Affairs at the German Jordanian University (GJU), Jordan, is also a professor at the University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt (FHWS), Germany, was Vice President there, Dean for the Schools responsible for Social Work at both universities and Coordinator of the Master’s Programme “International Social Work with Refugees and Migrants” (FHWS). He is teaching law for Social Work with special expertise in Migration Law.
Katharina Heilmann was academic assistant at the University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt and currently works as Social Worker in the field of political adult education with migrants and refugees at Heimvolkshochschule St. Hedwigshaus e.V., Germany.
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