132: Immigration Policy and Its Impact on Families and Communities

Grace H. Chung; Marie de Guzman; Xiaolin Xie; Rosario Esteinou; Yan Ruth Xia; Catherine A. Solheim

2:30 PM
3:45 PM
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About the Session

Concurrent Sessions 3 (NBCC CE Credit: #1 hr and Conference Attendance Credit: #1 hr) 

132-01: Evidence-Based Policy Recommendations For Healthy Development of Second-Generation Youth of Immigrant Mothers in South Korea
Grace H. Chung, SongEun Park, Haejin Jang

132-02: Self-Reported Inclusion and Quality of Life of Rural Midwest Communities
Marie de Guzman, Yan Ruth Xia, Dan Wang

132-03: The Role of Seniors in the Extended Chinese Immigrant Families
Xiaolin Xie

132-04: What Have We Learned From Reviewing Family-Oriented Policies and Priorities in Voluntary National Reviews (2016-2019)?: Impacts on Immigrant Families
Rosario Esteinou

As immigration is a global trend, Dra. Esteinou will present some crucial challenges Western and Non-Western countries face to reach Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically to overcome poverty, inequality and social cohesion. These challenges are pointed out in the 127 Voluntary National Reviews made from 2016 to 2019.

-- Increase understanding of the impact of immigration to achieve SDGs worldwide
-- Increase understanding about the potential positive outcomes of including immigrant individuals and families in a local and regional level
-- Increase awareness about appropriate family-oriented policies to overcome poverty, inequality and social cohesion    

Discussant: Catherine A. Solheim
Chair: Yan Ruth Xia

Symposium Summary
This symposium will present critical analysis and empirical evidence that immigration policy affects the well-being of immigrant families and communities. Evidence shows that immigrants contributed to the economic boom in the new development areas and to the revitalization of rural and urban communities through "high skill "as well as "low skill" labor. However, the recent unfriendly attitude and policies toward immigrants pose threats to the wellbeing of immigrant families and their communities. These policies not only make it challenging for immigrants to keep family together and take care of their young and old, but also undermine the efforts of the community revitalization. Immigration demands families to be resilient. This symposium will discuss what policies strengthen immigrant families and communities in four different countries.

-- Participants will learn about the specific influences of policies on family functioning and relationship, and the community.
-- Participants will be exposed to immigrant data and policy issues of China, South Korea, and the U.S.
-- Participants will take a deeper look at the interactions between families, community, and immigration policy from an ecological framework.

Subject Codes: immigration, well-being, communities
Population Codes: multilingual
Method and Approach Codes: quantitative methodology


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