In October 2016, the University of Eastern Finland and the University of Utah’s College of Social Work hosted a symposium titled: THEORIES AND PRACTICES FOR REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT AND INTEGRATION.
The Universities of Eastern Finland and Utah, together with the International Federation of Social Work (IFSW) and the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) hosted the inaugural symposium on Theories and Practices for Refugee Resettlement and Integration, 2016, in Kuopio, Finland. This symposium is the first in a series of themed symposiums building on an emerging network of European, British, Australian, Asian, African and US academics committed to developing frameworks for global social work education, research, theory and practice.
Refugee resettlement and integration is one of a number of emerging global issues, including population movement across borders, civil conflict and violence, ageing and intergenerational relations, technology and social justice and environmental sustainability, which are placing new demands as to the relevance of social work. The question of how to research, theorize and operationalize the notion of global social work in response to issues such as mass migration, refugee resettlement and social integration is the theme of this inaugural symposium.
Janet Anand, University of Eastern Finland, wrote:
- Last week’s symposium was an excellent kick off for our network of European, British, Australian, Asian, African and US academics and practitioners committed to developing frameworks for global social work education, research, theory and practice. The coming together of researchers and practitioners to address the big social issues facing international social work i.e. social integration of refugees, was both a creative and positive experience for participants.
We are in the process of putting together a shared platform so as to disseminate the results of the symposium, including PowerPoint presentations, proposed initiatives and publications, details of the next get together at Landshut, Germany and the general exchange of ideas and knowledge.
The follow up symposium will be held at the University of Applied Sciences Landshut, Germany. This symposium will have the theme of “diversity,” and we are planning panel discussions and article/grant writing time at this symposium in June 2017.
The Theories and Practices for Refugee Resettlement and Integration Symposium received media coverage and was reported in the local Finnish newspaper, Savon Sanomat (focusing on Katerina Glumbikova´s presentation) and thanks to Ruth Spark, IFSW President, the Guardian.