Refugee crisis in Greece: The development of racism, anti-racist responses and implications for social work

Refugee crisis in Greece: The development of racism, anti-racist responses and implications for social work

Dedotsi, Sofia, Ioakimidis, Vasilios y Teloni, Dimitra-Dora

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Abstract:

Racism in Greece across time, has been constructed through social divisions and legitimized via violent and punitive policies. Reflecting on the historical development of racism and with a special focus on the current refugee crisis, this paper provides insights into the profession’s ambiguous role that is called to undertake in the implementation of unjust and oppressive policies and reproduction of social inequalities. Based on the anti-racist and solidarity paradigm that has risen especially during the crisis, the discussion indicates the urgent need for social work to resist and struggle against racism via anti-oppressive action both at micro and macro levels.

Keywords: racism, social movements, Greece, refugee crisis, anti-racist social work

Resumen:

El racismo en Grecia se ha venido construyendo a lo largo del tiempo a través de divisiones sociales y su legitimación se ha producido a raíz de políticas punitivas y violentas: Reflexionar acerca del desarrollo histórico del racismo poniendo el énfasis en la actual crisis de los refugiados es la clave del presente artículo. Junto a ello se reflexiona acerca del papel ambiguo que en ocasiones desempeña la profesión del trabajo social en este ámbito cuando a menudo sin pretenderlo contribuye a implementar políticas injustas y a reproducir desigualdades sociales. Basado en los paradigmas antiracista y de solidaridad que han emergido especialmente en los tiempos de crisis, la discusión de este artículo apunta a la urgente necesidad para el trabajo social de resistir contra el racismo por medio de una acción antiopresiva tanto a nivel macro como a nivel micro.

Palabras clave: Racismo, movimientos sociales,grecia, crisis de los Refugiados,trabajo social antirracista

Article info:

Received: 20/07/2018 / Received in revised form: 03/10/2019
Accepted: 25/01/2019 / Published online: 29/01/2019
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5944/comunitania.17.3

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Dedotsi, Sofia, Ioakimidis, Vasilios y Teloni, Dimitra-Dora. "Refugee crisis in Greece: The development of racism, anti-racist responses and implications for social work", Comunitania, International Journal of Social Work and Social Sciences, 2019, January, n. 17, pp. 59-69. http://dx.doi.org/10.5944/comunitania.17.3

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Title: "Refugee crisis in Greece: The development of racism, anti-racist responses and implications for social work"
Author: Dedotsi, Sofia, Ioakimidis, Vasilios y Teloni, Dimitra-Dora
University: University of Northumbria, University of Essex y University of West Attica
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Pages: "59-69"
Date: 2019, January
URL: http://www.comunitania.com/sofia-dedotsi-vasilios-ioakimidis-dimitra-dora-teloni-refugee-crisis-in-greece-the-development-of-racism-anti-racist-responses-and-implications-for-social-work/
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5944/comunitania.17.3
Magazine: Comunitania, International Journal of Social Work and Social Sciences
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Dedotsi, Sofia, Ioakimidis, Vasilios y Teloni, Dimitra-Dora. "Refugee crisis in Greece: The development of racism, anti-racist responses and implications for social work", Comunitania, International Journal of Social Work and Social Sciences, 2019, January, n. 17, pp. 59-69. http://dx.doi.org/10.5944/comunitania.17.3