1st Edition

Immigrants and Social Work Thinking Beyond the Borders of the United States

By Diane Drachman, Ana Paulino Copyright 2004
    186 Pages
    by Routledge

    186 Pages
    by Routledge

    Explore an understudied but vital aspect of the immigration experience!

    Until now, the American social work literature on immigration has emphasized one part of the migration process—the experiences of immigrants in this country. Country-of-origin experiences that lead to emigration have received limited attention. Immigrants and Social Work: Thinking Beyond the Borders of the United States expands the focus of the literature, drawing clear connections between immigrants’ situations in their countries of origin and how they adapt to their new country.

    This book presents a two (or more)country perspective on immigration, looking at migration as a process that requires an understanding of phenomena that occur in immigrants’ country of origin and that impact their lives in the United States. It also looks at immigrants’ back-and-forth movements between their home and new countries, and examines the immigration process when it involves movement to a third or fourth country—or, as in the case of the Armenian diaspora, a return to the home country after years of settlement in a new land.

    To provide immigrants with effective social services, it is essential to understand the situations that prompted them to uproot their lives and start over in a new country. Immigrants and Social Work: Thinking Beyond the Borders of the United States provides an unflinching look at many of these country-of-origin issues, examining:

    • mental health issues that result from the traumatic experiences of undocumented Mexican immigrants
    • the essential link between international social work and social work with immigrants and refugees in the United States
    • cross-national collaboration between educators in the United States and Armenia that is helping to provide vital services to Armenian refugees
    • the phenomenon of return migration
    • the migration experiences of women living in towns along the United States/Mexico border
    • culturally competent mental health service delivery for Chinese immigrants
    • circular migration between Puerto Rico and the United States
    • the challenges facing impoverished Dominican immigrants to the United States—and a look at the relationship between the two countries’ policies regarding migration
    Immigrants and Social Work: Thinking Beyond the Borders of the United States is important reading for social work professionals who serve immigrant populations. It is also an ideal ancillary text for courses in international social work, family policy, social work with immigrants and refugees, child welfare, and social work practice with families, as well as any social work course that covers Chinese, Mexican, Armenian, Puerto Rican, or Dominican immigrant populations. Make it a part of your teaching/professional collection today.

    • Foreword (Jeanne M. Giovannoni)
    • Introduction: Thinking Beyond United States Borders (Diane Drachman and Ana Paulino)
    • Immigration in the Life Histories of Women Living in the United States-Mexico Border Region (Raquel R. Marquez and Yolanda C. Padilla)
    • Armenian Refugees and Displaced Persons and the Birth of Armenian Social Work (Nancy A. Humphreys and Ludmila Haroutunian)
    • Strengthening the Link: Social Work with Immigrants and Refugees and International Social Work (Lynne M. Healy)
    • Neither Here nor There: Puerto Rican Circular Migration (Gregory Acevedo)
    • On the Age Against the Poor: Dominican Migration to the United States (Ramona Hernández)
    • Return Migration: An Overview (Charles Guzzetta)
    • Mexican Immigrants: “Would You Sacrifice Your Life for a Job?” (Maria Zuniga)
    • An East-West Approach to Serving Chinese Immigrants in a Mental Health Setting (Irene Chung and Florence Samperi)
    • Conclusion (Diane Drachman and Ana Paulino)
    • Index
    • Reference Notes Included


    Diane Drachman, Ana Paulino