Immigration and Acculturation
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Immigration and acculturation are major transforming forces on children, parents, and families worldwide. Indeed, migration and adjustment have been facts of the human condition ever since peoples of the African savannah began moving to new lands, not stopping until they had settled virtually all habitable places on earth. Immigration and acculturation are also contemporary global concerns. e International Organization of Migration (http://www.iom.int/jahia/jsp/ index.jsp) estimates that approximately 200 million people now live outside the country of their birth or citizenship. Intercountry migration arises as a natural and predictable response to differences in resources and occupational opportunities, demographic growth, climatic change, fi nancial insecurity, and exploitation of human rights. Most modern societies are not culturally homogenous but have repeatedly experienced sociopolitical changes associated with immigration (Cooper and Denner, 1998; Sam and Berry, 2006). Today, for example, nearly 25% of children under the age of 18 years in the United States are either immigrants themselves or the children of immigrants (Hernandez, Denton, and Macartney, 2008). Approximately 10% of all people in e Netherlands belong to immigrant families (Vollebergh et al., 2005).