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Handbook of International Social WorkHuman Rights, Development, and the Global Profession$
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Lynne M. Healy and Rosemary J. Link

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195333619

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333619.001.0001

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Migration and Refugees

Migration and Refugees

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(p.220) 33 Migration and Refugees
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Handbook of International Social Work
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Karen Lyons

Nathalie Huegler

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333619.003.0033

This chapter provides an introductory perspective on the scope and diverse nature of international migration as well as on some of the international, regional, and national policies, themes, and debates that influence local social work practice with migrants and refugees. What emerges is that migrants and refugees are by no means a homogenous group but rather people in a wide variety of situations with a wide variety of motivations, needs, and—as a result of states' responses to different forms of migration—rights and entitlements. Despite historic differences in national migration policies, the countries of the Global North, while putting considerable effort into restricting access to their territories, have in the past decades placed much emphasis on distinguishing between migrants who have a well-founded fear of persecution and those migrating for economic reasons. The countries of the developing South, on the other hand, have often been faced with the actual fallout from regional crises of displacement. Social workers have developed a multitude of approaches within the field of migration, sometimes based on an existing or statutory mandate.

Keywords:   population mobility, forced migration, international migration, social work practice, migrants, refeugees

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