The Immigration Experience: Losses and Gains for Immigrant and Refugee Women
Human Ecology can be de¿ned as a framework that begins with an acceptance of the complexities of the world, the diversities of ideas, contexts, perspectives; and a commitment to holistic understanding and analysis of the world and its environments. Above all, the framework, as used in this chapter, employs principles of anti-oppression, social justice and equity to assist in understanding, describing and explaining the complex lived experiences of diverse groups of immigrant women. The framework challenges us to acknowledge that the world is constantly evolving and that changing ideological and philosophical contexts will have direct impact on the way in which relationships develop, in who is able to have voice, and on power relationships. The framework offers opportunity to predict the extent to which equity can or will be achieved in the world.