EFPA Board Educational Affairs calls for action:
Migration phenomena and the education of psychologists
The waves of migrants that have been arriving at the borders of European Countries over the course of the last few years should shake the civil consciousness of everyone, for the human tragedies of which they are sign as well as for the inability of our Countries to respond to them consistently with the values of universalism and respect of human rights that is constitutive of our culture and values.
On the other hand, the current scale of migration dynamics are different from even those of the recent past: as a consequence of the structural conditions fostering the flows (e.g. political and religious conflicts, climate changes) what has been seen so far in terms of aggregate individual acts can now be seen now as a global phenomenon.
Such a scale of change will have – and is already having - the impact of an anthropological transformation on European societies: the dimension and enrooting of new cultural groups fostered by the migration flows will have an impact on the native groups’ cultural identity. Current policies have not been designed to address such a new scenario.
EFPA’s Board Educational Affairs asks the 36 member associations to make efforts to encourage and support the structures of academic psychology (e.g. at Departmental, Faculty, School and postgraduate levels) in their country.