chapter  7
10 Pages

From assimilation to intercultural competences: a challenge for social work

ByJÜRGEN NOWAK AND HANS VAN EWIJK

Over past decades, Europe has been intrigued and confused by its diversity. In all fields of social work, dealing with diversity is an issue, and often conceived as quite a problematic one. In this chapter we argue for interculturalism as a basic approach and attitude to diversity. Interculturalism tries to reconcile multiculturalism and integration to a concept of respecting diversity but rooted in a European tradition as well. The chapter starts with a short historic overview on migration and migrant theories. In its second section we will discuss intercultural social work.