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International Migration: The well-being of migrants

Philomena de Lima

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20 Oct 2016
Dunedin Academic Press
166 pages - 138 x 216 x 8mm
Policy and Practice in Health and Social Care
Migration has been a widely debated issue in recent years. Events in Africa and the Arab world have led to migration to the European Union on an unprecedented scale and pushed the subject to the top of the political agenda. Globalization, demographic trends and changing geopolitics provide a backdrop to the current discourses and policies on migration. Humanitarian impulses conflict with public concerns about the ‘welfare burden’ of migrants on host societies. The increase in numbers and diversity of migrants is recognised as posing significant challenges for social and public policies. Simultaneously the policy landscape on migrants’ entitlements to public services, as well as notions of social protection are in a state of flux in the context of the adoption of ‘austerity policies’ across the European Union and beyond. Philomena de Lima provides a contemporary understanding of migrants and migration processes and trends with a particular focus on issues related to the wellbeing of migrants and their access to services. The book will inform and educate social science students, policy-makers and those wrestling on a practical level with the implications of migration.
Acknowledgements. Glossary. Chapter 1. Introduction: The changing dynamics of international migration; Chapter 2. ‘We are all migrants’: Definitions and immigration policies; Chapter 3. Trends in International Migration; Chapter 4. Making Sense of Migrants’ Trajectories; Chapter 5. Migrant Well-being and Health; Chapter 6. Conclusion: Navigating the international migration maze. References. Index.
Philomena de Lima is Director, Centre for Remote and Rural Studies, University of the Highlands and Islands, Inverness College, and Theme lead for the Rural Policy Learning Commons (RPLC) Canadian Funded Project – Migration in Remote and Rural Areas (MIRRA).

‘This book has helped me to gain a better understanding of the diversity within the migrant community, through an insight to the impact on migrant ill health, which is described as ‘pivotal’ to integration as well as migration. The book is easy to follow and understand and it mirrors current affairs as portrayed in the media and public arena. Whilst predominantly centred on the UK, the international nature of migration and the migrant’s experience give it an international appeal. Its informative and accessible style is one which will ensure students find it interesting and engaging.’
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