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Handbook of International Social WorkHuman Rights, Development, and the Global Profession$
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Lynne M. Healy and Rosemary J. Link

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195333619

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333619.001.0001

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International Labor Mobility in Social Work

International Labor Mobility in Social Work

(p.487) 72 International Labor Mobility in Social Work
Handbook of International Social Work

Karen Lyons

Nathalie Huegler

Oxford University Press

Labor mobility is a major theme in migration. However, relatively little attention has been paid to the topic in the field of social work. One reason for this is that social work is seen as an essentially local activity, bound by the laws and policies of individual states and expected to be in tune with the culture and needs of local communities. However, this perception has been shifting over the past decade, with increasing acceptance of the implications of globalization for welfare and social work. This chapter draws on a few reports of small-scale studies in particular locations, data from selected regulatory bodies, and personal experience to identify motivations for working abroad, look at some of the structural and policy issues affecting labor mobility, and consider some of the advantages and challenges posed by this phenomenon.

Keywords:   international social work, social work practice, labor mobility, working abroad

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