The book focuses on the development of social work as a profession in different refugee related countries of origin, transit and destination as well as country specific responses to ever increasing migration flows. The book aims to facilitate an international debate on the issue of international social work by analyzing the current state, presenting a comparative country study on social work in contexts of flight and refuge as well as relating academic discourses and perspectives to field practice.
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 Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, the Lebanon, Nigeria, Spain, Turkey, Uganda and the United States of America contribute to ithe book.
Target group: researchers and lecturers in education and political science; policy makers; school leaders; teachers