As many as 100 million people in the world today have migrated to other countries as a result of war, poverty or just the dream of a better life.
As the number of immigrants has increased, so has controversy about immigration policies.
The debate often centers on economic issues, overlooking the psychological concerns of those adjusting to a new culture. Feelings of loss, culture shock, separation from family and language difficulties can all contribute to distress.
For successful acculturation, researchers have found, immigrants must integrate their culture of origin with that of their new home.
Adapted from the Encyclopedia of Psychology
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