The Development of Social Work Interventions to Meet the Needs of Marginalized Iraqi Refugees in Jordan

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This paper aims to achieve a greater understanding of appropriate inter professional interventions with Iraqi households who are forced migrants in Jordan through a review of national and international literature. Gaps identified within the Jordanian literature reveal a lack of qualitative in-depth methods and participatory research. There are a range of approaches within social work and health for delivering interventions to refugees. In Jordan, there is a lack of information on topics such as Iraqis household and family structure and relations, gender issues, and strategies of resilience and livelihood for coping within the host society. This paper identifies areas for further research and possible interprofessional interventions utilising a participatory approach and social work principles. User involvement of refugees themselves is vital in the development, planning and implementation of this model within local communities.


Keywords: Inter-Professional, Social Work, Forced Migrants, Qualitative Research
Stream: Equity, Social Justice and Social Change; Community, Culture, Globalisation
Presentation Type: 30 minute Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Sahar Al-Makhamreh

Dean's Assistant for Development and Planning and Assistant Professor, Social Work Department
Princess Rahma University College, Al-Balqa Applied University

Amman, Humer, Jordan

I graduated from the University of Warwick PhD in social work in 2005.I was head of social work department for two years- from 2005-2007. Currently I am Deans Assistance for developing and planning also assistance professor in social work department. I am associated fellow at Warwick university UK. Also, I am cofounder of our Jordanian National Association of Social Workers and committed to professionalising social work in Jordan. My research interests in social work- inter-professional relations, gender and culture impact on practicing social work. Currently I am working on advocating qualitative methods especially in researching forced migrants in Jordan their resilience and coping strategy.

Prof. Gillian Lewando Hund

Professor of Social Sciences in Health and Co-Director of the Institute of Health, School of Health and Social Studies, The University of Warwick
Covenrty, UK

Prof Lewando Hund trained in social anthropology and sociology and her research and teaching is principally in the area of Sociology of Health, Medical Anthropology and Qualitative Research Methods. she held posts at several universities where she worked on the interface of international public health and social science, conducting research in England, South Africa and the Middle East. She is Co-Director of the Institute of Health which conducts health related social science research. Her areas of interest within lay views of health and illness, the links between policy and practice, health inequalities in relation to gender, ethnicity, disability and social exclusion, and user involvement.

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