SW 586 Responding to Refugees and Immigrants

Dr. Isok Kim

Refugees and immigrants are increasingly recognized as populations with issues and concerns of relevance to social workers. This course will cover the distinctions among immigrants, refugees, and newcomers with other immigration statuses, including their differential access to social services. A human rights framework will be utilized to examine international migration issues. The course will examine different reasons for migration (economic reasons, wars, persecution, etc.) as well as the societal context that welcomes or rejects different types of migrants. Policies related to immigration and the value foundation of these policies will be discussed. Additionally, the course will review policies and services related to resettlement in the United States, direct practice concerns, and experiences with and sequelae related to trauma. Many refugees are currently being resettled in Buffalo thus the course will examine locally relevant content as well as look at global issues.