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date: 29 March 2023

Refugee Resettlement Policy and Macro Practicelocked

Refugee Resettlement Policy and Macro Practicelocked

  • Odessa Gonzalez Benson, Odessa Gonzalez BensonUniversity of Michigan
  • Karin WachterKarin WachterArizona State University
  •  and Cherra MathisCherra MathisArizona State University


Resettlement-related macro practice reflects a complicated history of immigration and refugee resettlement in the United States, as well as international and domestic policies that shape opportunities and services available to refugees who resettle through these mechanisms. Four intersecting domains of resettlement macro practice are (a) community organizing and community development, (b) advocacy, (c) policy analysis and development, and (d) community-centered management and program planning. To engage meaningfully in macro social work requires a grasp of the history and policies that drive decision-making of individual practitioners and shape the experiences of people resettling to the United States in search of safety and new beginnings. Research and participatory approaches are integral to resettlement macro practice to ensure refugee communities are at the center of all efforts to inform structural and systemic change.


  • Macro Practice
  • Populations and Practice Settings
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Culture

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