Immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers: The challenge of services in the southwest

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This article reviews policies and services related to immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers in the U.S. Definitions of immigration categories are provided to clarify the context in which services operate. Particular attention is given to issues that are unique to populations of the Southwest. Historical information on this region is offered; immigration trends and recent statistics are presented. The article is based on published data; field interviews with personnel in selected immigrant and refugee serving social agencies are used to compliment the literature. The authors highlight the social consequences of the global phenomenon of migration, whether motivated by economic or political realities. Recommendations for those who serve immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers are offered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-67
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2001


  • Asylum
  • Borders
  • Hispanics
  • Immigration
  • Latinos
  • Mexicans
  • Refugees
  • Southwestern U.S

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Education


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