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Immigrant and Refugee Families: Global Perspectives on Displacement and Resettlement Experiences

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Jaime Ballard, University of Minnesota

Elizabeth Wieling, University of Minnesota

Catherine Solheim, University of Minnesota

Pub Date: 2016

ISBN 13: 9781946135018

Publisher: University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing

Language: English

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Reviewed by Ziwei Qi, Assistant Professor, Fort Hays State University on 11/28/18

This textbook provided a comprehensive overall look at the issues relating to immigration and refugee settlement in the U.S. The structure of the book is well-organized. In the book, the authors provided a road-map of the pathway of immigration,... read more


Reviewed by Barbara J. Michael, Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina Wilmington on 5/22/18

Comprehensive only in terms of listed topics. There is no index. The only bibliographic information is at the end of each chapter, making the bibliographic information difficult to access. The reader must know what chapter a desired reference... read more


Reviewed by Sudarshana Bordoloi, Assistant Professor, Saint Cloud State University on 5/22/18

This book provides a comprehensive overview of the American immigration process and policies with specific emphasis on global immigrants that migrate to the United States. The contents of this book, as they flow from chapter to chapter,... read more


Reviewed by Jeff Marks, Senior Lecturer, Ohio University on 2/2/18

This is a concise book on a subject that is both wide-ranging and of enormous import. As such, it will be very useful for those wanting to get a comprehensive overview of a complex situation without getting bogged down by too many particulars. ... read more


Reviewed by Cindy Hunter, Associate Professor, James Madison University on 2/2/18

For a BSW and Family Studies course, this book was exactly what I needed. It had the basics that I could then add to (video, articles or speakers). It does not cover the plethora of exceptions to "basic immigration" - Cubans, Migrant Workers,... read more


Reviewed by Siobhan McGuirk, Adjunct Assistant Professor, American University on 2/2/18

The title of the book is a little misleading: as it is an entirely US-focused text, “global perspectives” is an odd choice. Within the parameters of a book about immigrant and refugee families in the US, the range of issues / chapters is otherwise... read more


Reviewed by Deborah Meyer, Visiting Professor, Ohio University on 2/2/18

Provides an excellent overview of immigration policy, the experience of immigrants and refugees and many of the major issues confronting the communities who take them in and the families who’ve landed in a new country and culture. The authors... read more


Reviewed by Kristen Terry, Adjunct Professor, University of Texas at Arlington on 4/12/17

What a timely text! This textbook covers the journey that immigrants and families makes from their home country to their destination country, includes relevant policy background and covers common problems that are experienced as a result of this... read more


Reviewed by Cathleen Faruque, Department of Social Work Chair/Professor, Winona State University on 4/12/17

This text covers issues related to immigration in the United States as well as refugees, legal issues, human rights, issues of mental health, chemical dependency and violence in immigrant and refugee families, resettlement issues, and resilience. ... read more


Reviewed by Winston Seegobin, Professor of Clinical Psychology, George Fox University on 2/16/17

The authors did an excellent job of comprehensively describing the immigrant and refugee experience in the United States. Each chapter provided extensive coverage of topics and issues that are very relevant to understanding and working with... read more


Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Immigration and Immigrant Policy: Barriers and Opportunities for Families
1.1 Immigration Policy
1.2 Current Immigration Policy
1.3 Opportunities and Barriers for Immigrant Families
1.4 Future Directions
1.5 Conclusion
1.6 References
1.7 Appendices
Chapter 2: From There to Here: The Journey of Refugee Families to the United States
2.1 Fleeing Persecution and Separation from Family
2.2 Travel to Temporary Refuge
2.3 Family Admittance to the United States
2.4 Entering the United States
2.5 Future Directions in Policy and Refugee Family Support
2.6 Conclusion
2.7 References
2.8 Appendix
Chapter 3: Human Rights
3.1 What are Human Rights?
3.2 The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
3.3 The Status of Human in the United States
3.4 Emerging Directions
3.5 Conclusion
3.6 References
Chapter 4: Economic Well-Being, Supports and Barriers
4.1 Employment
4.2 Access to Necessities
4.3 Financial Problems
4.4 Future Directions
4.5 Conclusion
4.6 References
Chapter 5: Mental Health
5.1 Different Shared Experiences
5.2 Mental Health Challenges
5.3 Mental Health Treatments
5.4 Emerging Directions
5.5 Conclusion
5.6 References
Chapter 6: Intimate Partner Violence among Immigrants and Refugees
6.1 Defining IPV
6.2 IPV Among Immigrants and Refugees
6.3 Risk and Protective Factors
6.4 Responses to IPV
6.5 Barriers to Help Seeking
6.6 Future Directions
6.7 Case Study
6.8 Conclusion
6.9 References
Chapter 7: Substance Abuse
7.1 Substance Abuse Prevalence
7.2 Risk Factors
7.3 Family Influences on Substance Abuse
7.4 Theoretical Frameworks
7.5 Policy On Legal Consequences of Substance Use
7.6 Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention
7.7 Conclusion
7.8 References
Chapter 8: Resilience in Immigrant and Refugee Families
8.1 Family Motivation: Value of Work and Education
8.2 Family Connectedness and Identity
8.3 Role of Resources in Achieving Aspirations
8.4 Emerging Directions
8.5 Conclusion
8.6 References
Chapter 9: Embracing a New Home: Resettlement Research and the Family
9.1 Assimilation
9.2 Family Theories: A New Direction for Research with Resettled Populations
9.3 Critical Theories
9.4 Cultural Values to Consider in Resettlement Research
9.5 Future Directions
9.6 Conclusion
9.7 References
Chapter 10: Conclusion

About the Book

Immigrant and Refugee Families: Global Perspectives on Displacement and Resettlement Experiences uses a family systems lens to discuss challenges and strengths of immigrant and refugee families in the United States. Chapters address immigration policy, human rights issues, economic stress, mental health and traumatic stress, domestic violence, substance abuse, family resilience, and methods of integration.

About the Contributors


Jaime Ballard is a PhD student in the Department of Family Social science at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on supporting families and parents affected by traumatic stress. She is currently working with Karen refugees in St. Paul to develop interventions to support families that are culturally appropriate and responsive to shared experiences of trauma.

Elizabeth Wieling is an associate professor in the Department of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota. She is a family therapist and a prevention and intervention scholar working to develop parenting and family level evidence-based interventions for populations affected by traumatic stress. Wieling collaborates with interdisciplinary colleagues in post-conflict settings outside of the United States and with immigrant and refugee communities locally. Her teaching includes courses on clinical treatments for families affected by post-traumatic stress and topics related to social justice and mental health.

Catherine Solheim is an associate professor in the Department of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on family finances, family theory, and global and diverse families. She has co-led six learning abroad courses to Thailand, focusing on how globalization impacts family, culture, and the natural environment. Solheim’s scholarship focuses on ways that culture, socio-economic status, and relationships impact the diverse ways families make decisions about their resources.