Migration: Immigration and Emigration in International Perspective

Migration: Immigration and Emigration in International Perspective

Migration: Immigration and Emigration in International Perspective

Migration: Immigration and Emigration in International Perspective

Synopsis

Adler and Gielen developed this volume to add the voices of a prominent international group of cross-culturally oriented psychologists to the worldwide debate on migration. Here contributors analyze worldwide configurations of migration, fundamental psychosocial factors involved in immigration and emigration, and patterns of migration from and to 16 nations and regions around the globe.

Excerpt

It is refreshing to see a book that deals with the dynamic aspects of migration and its impact on mental health and psychological adjustment and that is not afraid to demonstrate the intervening complex dynamic interaction needed to explain the total migration experience and its effects. It is even more difficult when we put together a group of studies concerned with a wide range of different cultures and different countries. It is tragic that Bruce Bain, a long-term colleague, teacher, and researcher should have passed away so suddenly, but it is fortunate that one of the chapters was coauthored by him. It illustrates in so many ways the new directions that migration research must go and illustrates as well the need to deal consciously with the issues raised here.

A book with these dimensions indicates that we cannot depend on simple correlational studies of early empirical research where migration was defined in such terms as birthplace and was correlated with a wide range of variables also simply defined. In a book with a scope such as this one, it may help to provide the reader with some guidelines for reading and integrating the material. With such guidelines, it is hoped that we may better appreciate the richness and challenge of the material presented. The first set of issues is more abstract or metatheoretical in nature, and it deals with the value of the book as the product of a group of scholarly efforts. The second set of issues is more concrete in nature and deals with the way the various authors approach the particular substantive issues of their chapters. Clearly, the authors dealt with these issues in various ways, and collectively they clarify the need for such efforts to make the problem of migration and its effects better understood.

In approaching the problem of migration and its effects, one is already dealing with a very complex task that requires considering it from many points of view and drawing on the contributions of many disciplines. Therefore, one needs to determine the degree to which the explanatory or “causal” theories emanating from these different disciplines are made use of in a holistic manner.

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