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 Displacement and Forced Migration: Background and Issues

The field of displacement and forced migration: Background and issues

One consequence of many situations confronting the modern world, such as conflict, natural disasters, and ecological degradation, is the displacement of millions of people from their homes, social support structures, means of livelihood, and often country. These peoples have been referred to as the world's displaced persons, the uprooted, or forced migrants. In this chapter, we shall use the term forced migration as signifying the broad field, especially as displaced persons is commonly reserved for those displaced by conflict. Whatever term is used, the needs presented by these people are frequently massive, complex, and exceedingly difficult to resolve. The field of forced migration has attracted ...

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