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BC Social Work Students Visit Italy to Study Immigrant Integration

SEPTEMBER 22, 2014

Over the past few years, Italy has surpassed Greece as the principal gateway for undocumented immigration into the European Union. In fact, a recent report from EU border agency Frontex found that during the first quarter of 2014, half of the entire continent's detected illegal border crossings came through the Italian seacoast.

It's no accident, then, that this July, Boston College School of Social Work Associate Professor Westy Egmont convened a cohort of 13 BC Social Work graduate students in four Italian cities, as part of a course designed to tackle the challenges of immigrant integration. "Italy is the Texas/Arizona of Europe, in that it bears a disproportionate level of responsibility for the continent's undocumented," explains Egmont. "Currently, the country is host to 13 migrant camps, and large flows of irregular migrants from Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. There are, of course, a variety of agencies serving these populations, and we were fortunate to learn from several of them during our time in Italy."  More about the students' visit to Italy to study immigrant integration »

GSSW in the News
Erika Sabbath Earns Major CDC Grant

SEPTEMBER 18, 2014

Assistant Professor Erika Sabbath, who recently joined Boston College School of Social Work, has been awarded a major grant for research into the economic and health effects of psychosocial workplace exposures.

According to a report in the Boston College Chronicle, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) grant is part of a program designed to support early-career scholars. Sabbath is the first BC Social Work professor to receive such a grant.  More about Erika Sabbath's grant award »

Events

Pinderhughes Diversity Lecture

Jessica Black
Usha George

MARCH 26, 2010

Time: 8:30 am - 11:00 am
Location: Yawkey Center, Murray Room
Featured Speaker: Dr. Usha George, Professor and Dean,  Faculty of Community Services, Ryerson University,Toronto.
Topic: Immigrants and Refugees: Settlement Issues and Service Delivery Models

RSVP by March 12th. Contact Serena Hearts at heartz@bc.edu or call 617.552-0866.
Her research focuses on social development; newcomer settlement and integration; and diversity and organizational change. She was the Royal Bank Chair in Applied Social Work Research at the University of Toronto School of Social Work and has served as Director of the Joint Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement. She has extensive university teaching, research and administrative experience in India, Africa and the U.S.