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Social Work, Immigration and Asylum


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1. History and Context: The impact of immigration control on welfare. Debra Hayes, Manchester Metropolitan University. 2. The Construction and Reconstruction of Social Work. Beth Humphries, Lancaster University. 3. Refugees, Asylum Seekers, Welfare and Social Work. Beth Humphries. 4. Dilemmas of Care and Control: The work of an asylum team in a London borough. Rosemary Sales, Middlesex University and Rachel Hek. 5. Immigration is a Social Work Issue. John Collet, Rochdale Asylum Seekers Team. 6. Social Work Intervention: The deconstruction of individuals as a means of gaining a legislative perspective to remain in the United Kingdom. Chris Brown, Social Worker. 7. And now it has started to rain: Support and Advocacy with Adult Asylum Seekers in the Voluntary Sector. Peter Fell, Revive Project, Salford. 8. Social work responses to accompanied asylum-seeking children. Peter Grady, Manchester Metropolitan University. 9. `Not Our Problem': The provision of services to disabled refugees and asylum seekers. Jennifer Harris and Keri Roberts, University of York. 10. Asylum seekers as Offenders and Victims in the Criminal Justice System. Angela Montgomery, Humberside Probation Service. 11. A Comparative Analysis of European Resettlement Programmes for Young Separated Refugees. Michael Wells, Social Worker and Susanna Hoikkala, University of Helsinki. 12. Asylum-Seeker and migrant children in Ireland: Racism, institutional neglect and social work. Bryan Fanning, University College Dublin. 13. Conclusion. Debra Hayes and Beth Humphries.

About the Author

Debra Hayes is a senior lecturer in the Department of Applied Community Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has worked with the Greater Manchester Probation Service. Since her time at Manchester Metropolitan University her research and writing has focused on immigration and asylum issues. Beth Humphries is a reader in Social Work at Lancaster University. She has been involved in research on immigration controls for a number of years, and is currently studying the experiences of refugees and employment.


'This publication is both welcome and timely as yet another Asylum and Immigration Bill makes its passage through Parliament. The book has been written specifically for social workers and acknowledges that there is a dearth of literature available in this area to provide practitioners with practical and ethical guidance...One of the book's strengths is that is not afraid to tell it how it is, providing the reader with poignant accounts of the malaise that has crept into social work practice as ethical considerations are swept aside by investigation, rationing, gatekeeping and surveillance. Nevertheless, all is not lost: the writers expound on models of good improved practice and exhort us to reconnect with our campaigning role and engae in much-needed debates about non-compliance. I cannot recommend it highly enough.'- Professional Social Work

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