Social work and immigration
Social work and immigration
Social work professionals are often used to assist in the integration of families or individuals into the culture and society of a welcoming country. Students who are earning their master of social work (MSW) degree may wish to familiarize themselves with the issues and unique considerations of immigration cases. Situations involving immigration are often fraught with difficulty for the individuals who are relocating, and social workers can ease the transition from one country to another.
Immigration Statistics Yearbook Collection of data and statistical information from the Department of Homeland Security, presenting a snapshot of immigration to the U.S. from 2010. This resource may be useful to students who are earning their MSW when conducting their own research projects on immigration issues.
Immigration Data and Statistical Resources Various resources aimed at students and research professionals. This page consists of links to various government and third-party information relating to immigration, including raw data and demographic overviews.
Social workers and their role in immigration cases
In certain scenarios, emigrating can be a significant challenge for the individual or family involved. Social workers can be assigned to immigrants to assist them in overcoming specific cultural issues such as language differences; act as a liaison between the immigrant and law enforcement and immigration officials; and to ensure that the immigrant is emotionally and psychologically healthy and suitable as a candidate for permanent residency in the welcoming country.
Immigration Divides Nation, Unites Social Workers Article published in Social Work Today, outlining how matters relating to immigration policy can often be divisive among the political community. The article goes on to explain how social work professionals can and should be united in their goals of helping their clients and easing the transition for them when emigrating.
Social Work Practice with Immigrants and Refugees Text detailing the pivotal role that social work professionals play in assisting individuals who are emigrating to a foreign country, whether voluntarily or when fleeing their home due to war, famine or persecution.
Career Focus on Patricia Fennell, Social Worker and Immigration Advocate Article examining the career path of Patricia Fennell, founder of the Oklahoma Latino Community Development Agency, an outreach program for Latino and Hispanic immigrants. This resource details her own emigration experiences from Ecuador, her educational choices and how the work of her agency is helping immigrants.
Migration, Development and Social Services Paper published by the Institute for the Study of International Migration. This resource focuses on issues of how social workers and human services professionals are crucial in the successful integration of many emigrating individuals and families, especially those of significantly different cultural backgrounds.
Social workers in specific immigration cases and scenarios
As with many specializations of social work practice, immigration specialists will be confronted with a variety of highly specific situations that call for unique approaches. The role of social workers and the extent of their involvement in certain cases will vary, depending on the unique individual circumstances of each case.
Immigration and Child Welfare from a Social Worker's Perspective First-hand account and study of how immigration can affect the wellbeing and development of children, written from a social worker's perspective.
A Social Worker's Toolkit for Working with Immigrant Families Resource examining common approaches and methodologies relating to social work intervention in cases involving migrating families. The primary objective of this guide is to provide social work professionals with a guideline of how U.S. immigration laws and practices can impact their clients.
Immigration and Social Policy: New Interest in an Old Issue Extensive article examining the resurgence of social work intervention in cases of family immigration. The paper investigates the economic and social outcomes of widespread immigration to the U.S. in the early 1980s, and how the role of social work professionals has changed with the political landscape.
Integration Experiences of Two African Immigrant Populations to Rural Communities Case study detailing the outcomes of two immigration cases of African families emigrating to the rural U.S. This study examines the effects of immigration on both the clients, and the communities they became part of. This report also investigates the critical role that social workers played in successfully integrating widely different cultural groups into Western communities.
Social Work with Latino Immigrants Paper examining best practices for social work professionals when handling cases involving Latino and Hispanic immigrants to the U.S. Identifies the legal, socio-economic and cultural implications of Latino immigration to the U.S., as well as offering a brief history of the immigration of Hispanic and Latino individuals.
Social Work: Global Practice Resources Collection of resources that students who are earning their MSW degree may find useful. The links provided on this page include overviews of immigration policies and statistics from the U.S. and abroad, as well as several links to forced migration resources and data on refugees.
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