International Social Work and the Promotion of the Sustainable Development Goals with Special Reference to Migration

  • Ralf Roßkopf University of Applied Sciences, Würzburg-Schweinfurt (FHWS), Germany
Keywords: Sustainable development goals, international social work, migration, social work curriculum


This paper is an attempt to prove the relevance of international collaborations and international perspectives for social work issues. If this can be shown, it might be a strong argument for including international perspectives into core curriculums of social work education in Germany and Nigeria, alike. The paper proceeds in six steps. Firstly, it shortly introduces readers to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Then, it narrows it down to one of the key goals – reduction of inequalities. Further, the paper will explain the significance of this SDG for migration, while proving specific relevance for Nigeria. Another is to demonstrate the relevance of social work in the process of the implementation of the SDG, while questioning whether International Social Work could possibly contribute anything more to it. Finally, the paper dares to draw some conclusions for social work education.

Author Biography

Ralf Roßkopf, University of Applied Sciences, Würzburg-Schweinfurt (FHWS), Germany

Director, International Social Work with Refugees and Migrants Faculty of Applied Social Sciences