A delegation of employees of the ZHAW School of Social Work reports from the visit at Wayne State University School of Social Work in Detroit.
In Detroit, we experienced incredibly exciting days. Detroit is a city of 677’000 inhabitants in the US-state Michigan which has a rich industrial and music history (e.g. Motown, Techno). Detroit experienced a substantial social crisis in the aftermath of the economic crisis of 2008 and the downturn of the local automobile industry. The city lost a large part of its workforce (and tax payers). For comparison: In 1950 the population was 1’850’000. Examples for the biggest social issues are poverty, unemployment, homelessness, substance abuse or crime.