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DescriptionThe ease of transportation, the opening of international immigration policies, the growing refugee movements, and the increasing size of unauthorized immigrant populations suggest that immigration worldwide is a phenomenon of utmost importance to professionals who develop policies and programs for, or provide services to, immigrants. Immigration occurs in both the wealthy nations of the global North and the poorer countries of the global South; it involves individuals who arrive with substantial human capital and those with little. It has far-reaching implications for a nation's economy, public policies, social and health services, and culture.
The purpose of this volume, therefore, is to explore current patterns and policies of immigration in key countries and regions across the globe and analyze the implications for these countries and their immigrant populations. Each of its chapters, written by an international and interdisciplinary group of experts, explores how country conditions, policies, values, politics, and attitudes influence the process of immigration and subsequently affect immigrants, migration, and the nation itself.
No other volume explores the landscape of worldwide immigration as broadly as this does, with sweeping coverage of countries and empirical research, together with an analytic framework that sets the context of human migration against a wide backdrop of experiential factors that take shape long before an immigrant enters a host country. At once a sourcebook and an applied model of immigration studies, Immigration Worldwide is a valuable reference for scholars and students seeking a wide-ranging yet nuanced survey of the key issues salient to debates about the programs and policies that best serve immigrant populations and their host countries.
- Covers 25 countries as well as the European Union and African Union
- Interdisciplinary, international authorship
- Presents a new model of applied immigration studies
"Covering immigration policies and processes in 25 countries and two regions is bound to be a difficult task. But the contributors have been well-chosen and the editors have successfully welded the book together with accomplished introductory and concluding essays. This is a formidable achievement, which will grace the shelves of migration scholars and libraries."--Robin Cohen, International Migration Institute, University of Oxford
"There are several official yearbooks of global migration, but most academic texts confine themselves to the experience of one or a few receiving states. The great strength of Immigration Worldwide is that it covers most major sending and receiving states, as well as providing us with cogent and relevant introductory chapters. This major work will prove invaluable for understanding what is now a major feature of international society-the movement of millions across the globe in search of a better life or simply to escape from intolerable situations."--James Jupp, Centre for Immigration and Multicultural Studies, Australian National University
"Offers in one volume a competent discussion of the causes, consequences, and diverse modes of a process that has become such a salient and defining characteristic of the modern world."--Shanti Khinduka, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis
"This is an extraordinary book with a wealth of information on the migration process. The impact on labor markets, the question of integration, and the complexities of migration management are dealt with throughout the chapters. This book offers a comprehensive view of the migration landscape in the era of world society."--Achilles Skordas, School of Law, University of Bristol
"The editors are to be commended for their ambitious and comprehensive effort to document these trends and policies, as well as for their ability to recruit authors who
obviously have a sound knowledge of the issues in their own countries. The chapters are succinct yet thorough. They also are very readable, allowing quick access to the complex challenges raised by immigration on a worldwide scale. This book is highly recommended for anyone working in the field of immigration and, indeed, for anyone requiring an accessible reference source on immigration policies and practices in different countries today." --Social Service Review
About the Author(s)
Uma A. Segal, Ph.D., is Professor and Director of the Baccalaureate Social Work Program at University of Missouri - St. Louis. She is the editor of the Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies.
Doreen Elliott, Ph.D., is Professor of Social Work and Distinguished Teaching Professor at The University of Texas at Arlington. She has served as Chair of the Council on Social Work Education's International Commission and the Global Social Work Education Commission.
Nazneen S. Mayadas, D.S.W., is Professor Emerita of Social Work at The University of Texas at Arlington. She has served in the Office of the United Nations' High Commissioner for Refugees as Chief of Social Services in Geneva, Switzerland.