Global trends in forced migration: policy, practice and research imperatives for social work

George Palattiyil*, Dina Sidhva, Amelia Seraphia Derr, Mark Macgowan

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Abstract

Global forced migration rates are the highest since World War II. This article presents an overview of migration and presents an original argument as to the imperatives for social work. First, global trends are presented and forced migration is conceptualised as an international phenomenon. Second, global responses are explored with a focus on legal and protection frameworks. Finally, existing policy, practice and research gaps related to human mobility and forced displacement are examined, and recommendations for social work policy, research and practice are presented. The contextual influence of the Covid-19 pandemic is considered in this article.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Social Work
Early online date28 Jul 2021
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 28 Jul 2021

Keywords

  • Covid-19 and refugees
  • forced migration
  • internally displaced persons
  • international social work
  • practice and research
  • refugee protection framework
  • refugees and asylum seekers
  • social work policy

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