This book is a quick and accessible reference guide to the key concepts that social work students and professionals need to understand to be effective. The authors place practice at the center of the text, and include a host of case examples to bring the concepts to life.
Examining the essential topics of the social work curriculum, the concepts covered relate to practice, theory, policy and personal challenges. Further reading is included in each entry, so that the reader can explore what they have learned in more detail.
This book will be an invaluable resource for social work students during their studies and on their practice placement. It will also be useful for qualified social workers, who want to continue their professional education.
Chapter 6: Asylum Seekers and Refugees
Asylum Seekers and Refugees
Providing definitions in the arena of immigration can be problematic. Historically, words like ‘immigrant’ and ‘alien’ took on additional meaning in the popular mind, becoming shorthand for ‘black’ or ‘Jewish’. Today the term ‘asylum seeker’ conjures up an image which is predominantly male, poor and non-white. It is a phrase tied up with notions of illegality, negativity, social cost and welfare [Page 26]burden. It sits alongside the term ‘refugee’, the words often used interchangeably and unhelpfully.
In fact, the term asylum seeker is a relatively modern one and has only dominated immigration discussion since the 1990s. It is best understood by firstly unpacking the term ‘refugee’ which is enshrined in the UN Convention on the Status of Refugees of 1951. ...