Social Work & Migration, by Kayla Marshall with Thomas Soares

Kayla Marshall is a graduate social work student who participated in the program. In this conversation with Thomas Soares, she describes her impressions. You can read the two research papers Kayla wrote while on the program by scrolling down on our website.

Italy’s Refugee Crisis: Research Paper

The U.S. and Italy’s administrations have fostered environments that are not welcoming towards migrants, and this hostility has at times has not distinguished between an asylum seeker or any person of color.

“Crisis or Not?” by Nicole Albillar

Italians in the area of Catania,, Sicily have divergent views of the refugee crisis. Global Studies major Nicole Alibillar spoke with students at a religious leader while on a study-abroad program with San Jose State University in the summer of 2019.

“Migration Is Like Water” by Chelsea Nguyen-Fleige

Refugees and migrants in Italy are viewed in many different ways. Chelsea Nguyen-Fleige examines their plight, interviewing refugees, students, professors and a police officer speaking as a private citizen in Sicily. Chelsea, a journalism major, filed this field report while participating in a faculty-led program with San Jose State University.

“The Stars in Their Eyes” by Melody Del Rio

Refugees, like anyone else, want to live without violence or fear, they want to be able to provide for their family and they want to have basic human rights. Though their destination might not be America, there is a sense that they strive for the American dream.