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The impact of austerity and the plight of refugees - a humanitarian crisis in Greece

Behind the proud apparent affluence of Athens both ancient and modern there lies a growing humanitarian crisis fuelled by the impact of austerity and the plight of refugees. During a pre planned holiday to Athens with friends in November 2015 I took the opportunity to contact social work colleagues both in teaching and practice to obtain a deeper understanding of the problems they face.This was prompted by the welcome news that the Hellenic Association of Social Workers re joined the International Federation of Social Workers Europe (IFSWe) earlier in 2015. The Association has just celebrated its 60th birthday; who else can do this?

At the IFSWe September Conference in Edinburgh the Secretary General Dr Rory Truell announced an action plan would be drawn up to help social workers fight austerity measures.