With cross-cultural perspectives from contributors in nine countries, this book showcases much-needed research on current issues around migration and social work in Europe. Focusing on the reception, experiences and integration of refugees and asylum seekers, the chapters also consider the impact of recent EU policies on borders and integration.
With racism on the rise in some European societies, the book foregrounds international social work values as a common framework to face discriminatory practice at macro and micro levels. Featuring recommendations for inclusive practice that ‘opens doors’, this book features the voices of migrants and the practitioners aiding their inclusion in new societies.
"This work represents an original overview of the holistic, transnational and cross-cultural perspectives of migration and asylum in Europe. An excellent book showing the reality of social work.” Alberto Ares Mateos, Instituto Universitario de Estudios sobre Migraciones
“A must for every library” The British Journal of Social Work
"I would highly recommend this excellent, accessible, thought-provoking book which is ostensibly about migration. It is, however, as much about the heart and soul of social work."
Hugh McLaughlin, Manchester Metropolitan University
“An inspiring, critical and timely book on social work facing migration and asylum. The editors bring an enormous amount of expertise and unique but intertwined perspectives and lessons from different countries across Europe.” María Inés Martínez Herrero, Universidad Internacional de la Rioja
“The book makes an original contribution to transformative social work practice and policy that enables social workers to learn from one another across different European countries.” Jonathan Parker, Bournemouth University
Emilio José Gómez-Ciriano is Associate Professor at Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha.
Elena Cabiati is Associate Professor at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan.
Sofia Dedotsi is Assistant Professor at the University of West Attica.
Introduction - Emilio José Gómez Ciriano, Elena Cabiati and Sofia Dedotsi
1. The Contribution of Social Work Research to Promote Migration and Asylum Policies in Europe - Emilio José Gómez Ciriano
2. Participatory Art in Social Work: From Humanitarianism to Humanization of People on the Move - Darja Zaviršek
3. Grasping at Straws: Social Work in Reception and Identification Centres (RIC) in Greece - Marina Rota, Océane Uzureau, Malte Behrendt, Sarah Adeyinka, Ine Lietaert and Ilse Derluyn
4. Migrant Girls' Experiences of Integration and Social Care in Sweden - Elin Ekstron
5. “Come to my House!” – Homing Practices of Children in Swiss Asylum Camps - Clara Bombach
6. Transnational Dynamics of Family Reunification: Reassembling Social Work with Refugees in Belgium - Pascal Debruyne, Kaat Van Acker, Dirk Geldof and Mieke Schrooten
7. Open or Closed Doors? Accessibility of Italian Social Work Organisations Towards Ethnic Minorities People - Elena Cabiati
8. Refugee Children and Families in the Republic of Ireland: The Response of Social Work - Muireann Ní Raghallaigh
9. Sense of Place, Migrant Integration and Social Work - Susan Levy and Maura Daly
10. ‘If Not Now, When?’ – Reclaiming Activism into Social Work Education: The Case of an Intercultural Student-Academic Project with Refugees in UK and Greece - Sofia Dedotsi and Ruth Hamilton
11. EU Border Migration Policy and Unaccompanied Refugee Minors in Greece: The Example of Lesvos and Samos Hotspots - Marina Rota, Ine Lietaert and Ilse Derluyn
Epilogue: Time to Listen. Time to Learn, Time to Challenge…Because There is Hope - Emilio José Gómez Ciriano, Elena Cabiati and Sofia Dedotsi