A growing number of people-immigrants, refugees, asylum-seekers,
displaced individuals, and families-lead lives that transcend
national boundaries. Often because of economic pressures, these
individuals continually move through places, countries, and
cultures, becoming exposed to unique risk and protective factors.
Though migration itself has existed for centuries, the availability
of fast and cheap transportation as well as today's sophisticated
technologies and electronic communications have allowed
transmigrants to develop transnational identities and
relationships, as well as engage in transnational activities. Yet
despite this new reality, social work has yet to establish the
parameters of a transnational social work practice.
In one of the first volumes to address social work practice with
this emergent and often marginalized population, practitioners and
scholars specializing in transnational issues develop a framework
for transnational social work practice. They begin with the
historical and environmental context of transnational practice and
explore the psychosocial, economic, environmental, and political
factors that affect at-risk and vulnerable transnational groups.
They then detail practical strategies, supplemented with case
examples, for working with transnational populations utilizing this
population's existing strengths. They conclude with recommendations
for incorporating transnational social work into the
Subjects: Sociology, Anthropology
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