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Senior Writer Nate Herpich speaks with Professor Westy Egmont, who paints a portrait as to what life is like for refugees in today's world. 

Video: Services to Migrants, A Border Perspective

Westy Egmont, Maryanne Loughry, and Border Course students

In this short video from this year’s border course, Westy Egmont outlines some of the challenges facing social workers at the point of entry of Nogales, and he explains how BCSSW helps to train MSW candidates to better understand these challenges, and begin to build solutions. Read more on the Blog »

Video: Immigrant Integration Lab

Dr. Westy Egmont

Dr. Westy Egmont introduces the Immigrant Integration Lab. He addresses the implications of 38 million immigrants living in the U.S. today and proposes that social workers are the front line of interactivity with this newcomer population.  Watch video »

Helping Immigrants Succeed

BC Social Work Magazine 2013

The BC Social Work Magazine 2013 issue highlights the Immigrant Integration Lab's pioneering effort to ensure that newcomers succeed.  Read the article »

Immigrant Integration Lab
Today's Social Workers Serving Tomorrow's Citizens

About Us

The Immigrant Integration Lab (IIL) is an applied research lab exploring the intersection of social work, social policy, and immigrant inclusion. IIL is committed to social justice, working toward the well-being of immigrants by pursuing a rigorous academic approach that seeks to understand the appropriate services and delivery systems that lead to full social, civic, and economic integration of the foreign born in the United States. Dr. Westy Egmont leads the lab team.

Boston College School of Social Work is committed to human needs and human rights. The migratory nature of the world has huge implications for delivering care and creating well-being. Immigrants are at once both the concern of social work and the actors who provide new initiatives and new solutions. Understanding the complex interaction of various populations is vital to social welfare and the creation of a just and well functioning society.

What Is Immigrant Integration?

With more than 41 million foreign born residents, the U.S. addresses both the continuing work of nation building and fostering social cohesion. Social workers, like teachers, are the front line of interactivity with the newcomer population. Displaced and vulnerable populations call for a skilled and insightful workforce to accompany them on their journey.

Immigrant integration is the dynamic two-way process by which an immigrant is incorporated into a new society and the way the society adapts as it incorporates the newcomers. A primary goal of social work on both the clinical and macro level is enabling individuals to avoid marginalization and participate fully in the social, civic, and economic life of their country.

Programs & Resources

Courses: Cross cultural mental health, diversity, cultural competency, immigrant integration, contemporary issues with immigrants and refugees, social transformation, parent engagement, social policy and advocacy

Field Education: Over 100 social service agencies serving immigrants within an hour of Boston College

Life Long Learning: Lecture series, continuing education credits, seminars for clinicians, resource teams, current research

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IIL Advisory Board

Honorary Chair: Honorable Deval Patrick
Howard Duncan 
Mary Givagnoli
Domingo Martinez
Edward Matos-Schumacher
Eva Millona
Sarah Spenser 
Jan Vilcek

Contact Us

Boston College
School of Social Work
Dr. Westy Egmont
McGuinn Hall 218
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Phone: 617-448-9770