Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Human Rights Under Pressure - Ethics, Law and Politics
Field of Research: Social work practice with refugees - The situation of Eritrean refugees in Israel and in Germany
Lior Birger is a social worker and a PhD candidate at the school of social work and social welfare at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Since 2009 she has been working with asylum seekers, both individuals and families living in Israel through different NGOs, community initiatives and government services. Since the beginning of 2016, Lior works with an Israeli NGO operating in Germany providing various services for refugees, while focusing on the psycho-social needs related to integration. She holds a B.A and an M.A in Social work from Tel-Aviv University. Her M.A Thesis dealt with the perceptions of gender and sexuality among Eritrean men in Israel. Additionally, Lior previously worked as a teaching assistant and a research assistant in the school of social work in Tel-AvivUniversity.
Lior's PhD research will examine the issue of social work practice with refugees while focusing upon Eritrean communities in Germany and Israel. The research will explore the personal, social, cultural and political components that shape the relationship between Eritrean refugees and social workers who work with them, in Germany and in Israel. Comparing between two countries of different historical and political climates will enable to elaboration upon this understanding. Lior wishes to focus on the relationship between the public (policy) and private (the relationship between refugees and social workers) spheres, hoping that such research will assist policy makers, social workers and advocates who seek to promote the well-being of refugees.