A rapidly growing number of social workers are expressing a deep interest in and strong concern for global situations adversely affecting the well-being of millions of people. Such situations include global poverty, widespread conflict and post-conflict reconstruction, and the large population of displaced persons, and vulnerable and marginalized groups within them. Increasingly practitioners from several professions are actively involved in addressing these issues at local, national and international levels. This book aims to encourage and inform such involvement by drawing together the practice wisdom gradually emerging within the broad scope of international social work practice. Utilizing an integrated perspectives approach incorporating global, human rights, ecological and social development perspectives, the text is designed to prepare social workers, human services professionals, development practitioners and others who desire to play significant roles in responding to modern global challenges that are critical to the well-being of people, communities, nations and ultimately of us all. The book contains a number of useful pedagogical elements, including: • Clear learning objectives • Summary tables in the text • A brief summary of the chapter at the end • Learning exercises and questions • Possible research areas • Recommended reading • A glossary for the whole book New to this edition will be many updated references and content. Two new chapters, new cases in every chapter, and more.

The Field of Migration and Labor Migration: Background and Issues

The field of migration and labor migration: Background and issues

In discussing migration, it is important to distinguish between international migration—migration between countries in whatever form; internal migration—that which occurs within a country; and global migration—a combination of the two. International migration has involved some 3 percent of global population annually for the past 50 years now, although estimates of the numbers involved continue to rise—from 175 million in 2000, to 200 million in 2009, and to 214 million in 2010 (ILO, 2010a; UNDP, 2009b). The significant increases are in those areas of international migration where reliable estimates are difficult. However, the overwhelming majority of those who move from their usual place of residence do ...

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