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EVENT POSTPONED: Practice Workshop: Focusing on migrant and refugee integration. What is it that social workers are wanting to achieve?

Event Name EVENT POSTPONED: Practice Workshop: Focusing on migrant and refugee integration. What is it that social workers are wanting to achieve?
Start Date 13th May 2020 3:00pm
End Date 13th May 2020 5:00pm
Duration 2 hours
Description

This event has been postponed and we will attempt to reschedule it for later in the year. 

Finland receives on average 4000 asylum seekers every year, except during the year 2015, when the number reached 32,476, following the so-called European refugee crisis. The country has made considerable efforts to implement integration policies and services for refugees; however, the evaluation of these policies and services considering the subjective experiences of recent migrants and refugees has been neglected.

The aim of this seminar is to introduce the concepts of quality of life, social quality, capabilities and similar frameworks in the context of social work practice with migrants and refugees. The seminar refers to an empirical study PROMEQ WP5 New Start Finland (2019) involving 210 recently resettled Middle Eastern refugee, living in regional Finland. The results highlighted that the domains of physical health, psychological health, social relations, environment and the experience of traumatic events explain most of the variations in quality of life among the refugee participants. Refugees perceived that physical health had a significant impact of on quality of life and that personal factors also played an important role in their subjective experiences. The findings suggest that future social policy and social work practice should address subjective quality of life and wellbeing of refugees and migrants by addressing relational, subjective and structural factors. The study also involved 4 demonstration pilots using social marking principles to develop more innovative and cocreated integration services, tailored to meet quality of life needs of refugee participants.

Questions as to how social workers, engage with, measure and evaluate the concept of integration through the delivery of innovative services and practices and more fundamentally an exploration of the explicit and implicit aims of integration are critically reviewed in this workshop.

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