Conference 2019 in Rome: 14-16 November 2019

65th ICCFR Annual Conference in association with
Centro Internazionale Studi Famiglia (CISF –
Preserving family life through hard challenges

14-16 November 2019

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Welcoming, integrating and providing social and economic support for refugees from war, famine or poverty, and migrants, within and between countries, constitute a worldwide challenge of our times. The conference will shine a light on both:

1. the ways in which families and children are impacted by dislocation and relocation
2. how social workers, therapists, family lawyers and policy-makers can ease or solve the difficulties they encounter and help to preserve family life.

Among the themes to be discussed related to a global upsurge in the numbers of refugees and migrants are:

  • Where do they come from and why?
  • How can practitioners assist them upon arrival?
  • How can governments put policies in place to accommodate their needs?
  • How can society ameliorate the conditions in their countries of origin to enable them to stay?
  • If unable to return to their countries of origin, how can we facilitate their cultural and linguistic adaptation to their country of destination?
  • How can the residents of the host country be sensitised to the presence of people whose language, cultures and traditions may be quite different from their own?

How the conference is organised

Keynote presentations from different parts of the world, backed up by discussion groups and workshops, allowing participants to share experiences and learn new skills, will form the major part of the conference.

The conference will be organised over four sessions, each featuring a plenary session led by experts, and offering opportunities for dialogue and discussion among the participants. These will be followed by “discussion groups”, in which participants can freely debate the contents of the speeches from the plenary sessions or any topics related to the theme of the conference that participants may themselves raise. Additionally, there will be workshops on various aspects of the issue, led by different experts from around the world.

The first three sessions will be dedicated to the three main disciplinary areas traditionally of interest in ICCFR conferences:

  • descriptive-demographic-sociological aspects (quantitative and qualitative features of migrations around the world, and some general reflections on policies for regulating, promoting or controlling migration)
  • legal aspects (rights of the migrants and families and related problems)
  • relational-psychological aspects and support/integration services (how services and professionals can take care of and support migrant families and children).

All three keynote speeches will present a general overview of the international situation. Each will be followed by an intervention from an Italian expert from the same discipline, whose role will be to point out similarities and differences in the Italian situation.