Migrant Workers: Social Identity, Occupational Challenges and Health Practices

Qingwen Xu, PhD (Editor)
Tulane University, School of Social Work, New Orleans, LA, USA

Lucy P. Jordan, PhD (Editor)
Department of Social Work and Social Administration, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Series: Social Issues, Justice and Status
BISAC: BUS097000

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Worldwide labor migration has transformed and reshaped various fields of government policy and professional practices. Labor migration is associated with the non-economic social phenomena that scholars have increasingly paid attention to in both sending and receiving destinations. For practitioners in the field of education, medicine, nursing, social work, mental health, public health, and other professional practices, the human face of labor migration — migrant workers’ and their families’ daily challenges — often reveals the human cost of migration behind the image of economic gain and benefits. Migrant workers and their families are facing vexing challenges ranging from basic needs to psychosocial well-being, despite who they are and where they come from. Traditional ways of thinking and knowing cannot address these challenges adequately; rather, established divisions of professions, systems, disciplines, and/or areas of practice might just be the factor that constrains the ability to clearly articulate compelling problems and adds an additional layer of complexity to problem solving.

This book focuses on country policies and practices, and draws on theoretical ideas that provide the intellectual basis. In addition, it offers vivid examples of how migrant workers manage to work, pursue economic security, strive and adjust in new communities, define and negotiate self and identity, and seek health and well-being. While the book illuminates shared challenges and experiences for each group of migrant workers (i.e. low-skilled workers, internal migrants and other types of migrating laborers), it also synthesizes the intersectionality across all migrant workers, as they remain committed to bettering the lives of their families and communities in their origin countries as well as new host countries and communities. This volume reflects the efforts of interdisciplinary research and collaboration. Based on empirical studies and policy analysis, the researchers draw broader implications for evidence-based practice and policy in migration studies, and offer practical suggestions for policy and service delivery design, including formal and informal mechanisms of support which can inform the professional reader. (Imprint: Nova)

Preface

Contributors

Introduction

Chapter 1. Migration, Labor Market and Wellbeing: Theories, Policies and Practice
Qingwen Xu and Lucy Jordan (Tulane University, School of Social Work, New Orleans, LA, USA, and others)

Part I: Precarious Job, Low-Skill Workers and Health and Mental Health

Chapter 2. Migrant Domestic Workers and the Provision of Care: Current Challenges and Future Directions
Lenore E. Matthew and Noreen M. Sugrue (School of Social Work, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA, and others)

Chapter 3. Social Support, Acculturation, and Financial Stability among Mexican Economic Migrants
Aimee Hilado, Philip Young Hong, Maria Vidal de Haymes, and Marta Lundy (Social Work Program, Northeastern Illinois University, IL, USA, and others)

Chapter 4. HIV/AIDS and Migration in Sub-Saharan Africa
Soma Sen and Jemel P. Aguilar (School of Social Work, San Jose State University, CA, USA, and others)

Chapter 5. Assessing Psychosocial Stress of Puerto Rican Women in the United States: The Hispanic Women’s Social Stressor Scale
Yong Li, Blanca M. Ramos and Young Do (Department of Social Work, Plattsburgh State University of New York, NY, USA, and others)

Part II: Internal Migration and Rights to Welfare

Chapter 6. Poor Living and Working Conditions, Social Isolation, and Coping Strategies of Migrant Laborers in Hanoi, Vietnam
Trang Mai Le, Tuan-Anh Nguyen and Huong Ngoc Nguyen (Department of Social Work, Trade Union University, Vietnam, and others)

Chapter 7. Challenges and Solutions of Food Security among Seasonal Migrants: The Case of Seasonal Migration in India
Anjali B. Borhade and Mengxi Zhang (Disha Foundation, Nashik, India & Indian Institute of Public Health, Delhi, India, and others)

Chapter 8. The Welfare Boundary: A Hidden Mechanism of the Hukou Regulation and Migrant Workers’ Rights in China
Gaoming Ma and Qiaobing Wu (Department of Social Work, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China, and others)

Part III: Workers on the Move and Social Identity

Chapter 9. ‘Keeping Your Seat Warm’: The Role of Seafarers’ Wives in the Maintenance of Social Status and Societal Place
Helen Sampson and Iris Acejo (Seafarers International Research Centre, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, UK)

Chapter 10. Migrant Transnational Labor: Work, Identity, and Social Welfare of Seafarers
David Jaffee and Suzie S. Weng (Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, University of North Florida, FL, USA)

Chapter 11. Opportunities and Challenges of Return Migration
Uma A. Segal (School of Social Work, University of Missouri – St. Louis, MO, USA)

Chapter 12. The Highly-Skilled in Hong Kong ‘Asia’s World City’
Narine N. Kerelian and Lucy P. Jordan (Department of Social Work and Social Administration, University of Hong Kong, China)

Epilogue: The Way Forward

Index

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