Social work students visit Sweden to study challenges of migration

20 May 2016

Social work students visit Sweden to study challenges of migration

Social work students and staff will gain a global perspective on the challenges posed by migration

Eight students from Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) are part of an international delegation visiting Sweden to explore the impact of migration on social work.

The second-year students are taking part in the 2016 Global Sessions, hosted by Ersta Sköndal University College in Stockholm. They will join students and academics from Sweden, Germany, Italy, Greece, The Netherlands, the Faroe Isles and India, for lectures, workshops and field visits, to gain a global perspective on the challenges the current migrant situation poses to social workers.

It is the third time GCU has received a grant from the Scottish Government’s Outward Mobility Fund to enable students on the BA (Hons) Social Work programme to attend the Global Sessions, developed by Ersta Sköndal University College in partnership with GCU. The students are accompanied by lecturers Lynn Sheridan and Louise Shanks. 

Lecturer Barrie Levine, who has coordinated the GCU visit over the past three years, said: “The study trip to the Global Sessions builds on our work to internationalise our curriculum and is a wonderful opportunity for our students.

“With the current refugee crisis in Europe leading to major humanitarian concerns, this is a timely and significant event which will help to share knowledge and practice amongst social work students and academics.”

Student Jemma Reid said: “I come from a very rural area in Scotland, so I had a limited view of social work practice and no idea of how it would operate globally. Global Sessions has certainly widened my perspective and I feel more confident in understanding how we as social workers can work together across Europe, and the world, to support refugees.”

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