Refugees Worldwide

by Uma A. Segal and Doreen Elliott, Editors


More than a decade into the 21st century, refugee issues remain a global concern of staggering scale. In 2009, there were 36.5 million people under the auspices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The United Nations reported refugees in at least 150 countries. Even worse: roughly 19,000 refugees seeking asylum are children who are unaccompanied by an adult.

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August 2012


Pages 1414
Volumes 4
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Current Events and Issues/International

Utilizing international perspectives, this unprecedented collection of essays from leading authorities on refugee studies spotlights the realities and challenges of the global refugee population.

With increasing changes in the socio-political climate of the world as well as with the rising numbers of natural disasters, people of all ethnicities and nationalities are frequently forced from their homes and their homelands. While there is a substantial body of work that addresses refugee policies, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other specific issues, there have been few attempts to understand refugee health or comprehend overall refugee adaptation—until now.

This is the first work to address refugee issues worldwide, addressing the psychological, health, human rights, political, public policy, law, economic, social, and personal aspects of this universal problem. Refugees Worldwide also includes examples of first-person refugee stories from around the world—eye-opening information not available in any other work. Drawing on the expertise of myriad international researchers, theoreticians, and practitioners from representative nations around the world, this four-volume set effectively speaks to a number of refugee issues from a truly global perspective.


  • Contributions from 60 leading authorities on refugee studies
  • Bibliography features comprehensive international and interdisciplinary sources focusing on human migration and refugee studies


  • Provides a global and comparative perspective on refugee issues
  • Supplies an overview of all salient global concerns regarding refugees
  • Presents an in-depth examination of the issues of refugee health and mental health
  • Outlines a global picture of programs and services to meet refugee needs
  • Specifically written to be accessible to students while providing useful information to scholars and researchers
Author Info

Uma A. Segal is professor and baccalaureate program director in the School of Social Work at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, MO. She serves on the advisory board of the Katherine A. Kendall Institute of the Council on Social Work Education, is editor in chief of the Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies, and is coeditor, with Doreen Elliott, of the book Immigration Worldwide: Policies, Practices, and Trends. Segal has participated in research on migration and been an invited speaker on the topic in several countries.

Doreen Elliott is professor of social work and distinguished teaching professor at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). Elliot served as coeditor of the journal Social Development Issues, as chair of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) International Commission and the CSWE Global Social Work Education Commission, and is currently on the Board of the Katherine A. Kendall Institute for International Social Work Education. She was instrumental in setting up the joint doctoral program between UTA and the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, Mexico. Elliott has published three international handbooks on social welfare, social work theory, and social work education. She is coeditor, with Uma A. Segal, of Immigration Worldwide: Policies, Practices, and Trends.

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