SW 586 Responding to Refugees/Immigrants

3 credits

Refugees and immigrants are increasingly being recognized as populations with issues and concerns of relevance to social workers. This course will cover issues such as distinctions between immigrants, refugees and other immigration statuses; reasons for migration (economic reasons, wars, persecution, etc.); the societal context that welcomes or rejects different types of migrants; policies related to immigration and the value foundation of these policies; and resettlement issues, advocacy, direct practice issues and trauma. Many refugees are currently being resettled in Buffalo, thus the course will examine locally relevant content as well as looking at global issues.