This book looks at the movements of immigrants and refugees and the challenges they face as they cross cultural boundaries and strive to build a new life in an unfamiliar place. It focuses on the psychological dynamic underpinning of their adaptation process, how their internal conditions change over time, the role of their ethnic and personal backgrounds, and of the conditions of the host environment affecting the process. Addressing these and related issues, the author presents a comprehensive theory, or a "big picture,"of the cross-cultural adaptation phenomenon.



You could not step twice into the same river; for other waters are ever flowing on to you.

Heracleitus, On the Universe

We live in a world of “simultaneous events and overall awareness” (McLuhan, 1962, p. 40). In the dizzying interface of national, cultural, linguistic, and religious traditions, the once-clear definitions of “us” and “them” are being blurred. We are challenged to face one another's numerous cultural differences and search for profound human similarities. The business-as-usual ways of doing things are fast losing their relevance. The swirling global transformation spins off problems that necessitate new learning and new solutions to new problems, compelling us to stretch the limits of our customary imagination and creativity.

At the forefront of this new reality are numerous people who are on ...

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