International Social Work Research Seminar on September 24, 2022, entitled “Asylum Experiences and Attitudes in Japanese-Hungarian Comparison”
The Japanese International Social Work Research Association (ASISW) and the International Working Group of the Hungarian Association of Social Workers (IWGHASW), share with global social work community good news on national assciations cooprations. From a successful, International Social Work Research Seminar on September 24, 2022, entitled “Asylum Experiences and Attitudes in Japanese-Hungarian Comparison”.
Dr. Anikó Panna Tóth of IWGHASW held a lecture at the Research Seminar. The lecture discussed, among other things, the refugee situation in Ukraine and its management in Hungary, the role of social workers in the management of such crises and humanitarian disasters. There was great interest in the program, more than 80 people registered for the event. We were especially pleased that not only ASISW members participated in the program, but also many social workers from different parts of Japan.The seminar was moderated by Ohashi Masanobu, one of the Association’s board members, and the participants were welcomed by the Association’s president, Mariko Kimura. It is a great honor that Ohara Machiko, Asia-Pacific Regional President of IFSW, who is a board member of the Association, was also present, she expressed her gratitude for the presentation and highlighted its most important thoughts. The partnership agreement between IFSW, the President of the Kamianets-Podilskyi region in Ukraine, and local community members to start a Community Centre and social work hub in the Western Ukraine province of Kamianets-Podilskyi was also mentioned by Géza Gosztonyi, as a new approach that might change the world’s understanding of social development in war zones. Our cooperation will certainly continue, as our speaker was also offered the possibility of publication. The Hungarian Association of Social Workers would also like to thank Viktor Virág, member of the ASISW presidency and docent of the Japan College of Social Work, for his work, without whom the collaboration and this successful program would not have been possible!
This is a great example on how we global social workers can work together and share expereinces promoting professionalisation and internationalisation of social work.