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Interview- The Role of Social Work in the Refugee Crisis

Recently, I was interviewed by The Guardian on social work responses to the refugee crisis. My comments have been included in an article which explores how social workers across Europe have been dealing with the extraordinary ethical and political dilemmas that emerge in the context of the current crisis. Below you may find the full article. More than a million refugees came to Europe in 2015, with war in Syria the single biggest driver. Many governments have been slow to ac

In the current refugee crisis, humanity will prevail again.

It was well into my teenage years when I realised that the odd language my father spoke when visiting his parents in 'our village’ was not due to some funny rural accent as we kids had thought and childishly kept making fun of them. It was about the same time when I also fully understood that the small, white and nearly identical houses, separated by unusually well aligned for Greek standards roads, were not a typical Greek village either. ‘Our world’ was a refugee camp, loca

If the idea of a genuinely Social Europe is still considered radical, then social workers should be

2015 has certainly been an extraordinary year for social work in Europe. Never before, since the second world war, did European societies simultaneously face so many issues fundamentally challenging our thinking about 'Europe' as a political, cultural and social entity. This was certainly a vastly contradictory process that saw the emergence of both the Politics of Despair and the Politics of Hope. The former was primarily represented in the rise of nationalist parties, the g