I have always felt that many parts of the world are melting pots; however, after reading both sources I am realizing that I was totally wrong. Social exclusion, oppression, and discrimination are just a few systematic barriers that many immigrants and refugees experience before, during, and after the migration process. So yes, this chapter widen my perspective, and the knowledge I gained helped me grasp just how important development practice is. Development practice is critical because it is inclusive and bridges how our partners perceive their needs. This is why both sources of information are so important because as change agents we have to seek our partner’s guidance by understanding their experiences and narratives. However, social workers have to go a step further and we have to apply our practice skills by providing direct services and advocating for immigrants and refugees populations.
Seeking guidance from our constituents can be a difficult process for everyone ...
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..., and we advocate for socio-political respect, and rights for immigrants and refugees. Understanding their experiences means that we do not impose our values and beliefs on others. We cannot not force our Western ideology because social work does not always function properly, so we have to understand that we cannot work miracles for others; however, we can always use empathy by practicing cultural competency. From a local perspective I could never grasp the real effects of migration, but from a global perspective I am blown away. I must say that this chapter is short and sweet, but there is so much information to take from it. After I read the book last semester I didn’t think much about it; however, this week’s reading helped me put it all into perspective. I shouldn’t diminish any knowledge I receive, but I will look for opportunities to build on that knowledge.
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