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Volume :14 Issue : 1 1986      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

The Effects of Forced Migration on Palestinian Families in Jordan

Auther : Idris Azzam

 This study is concerned with social problems and effects resulting from forced migration imposed on Palestinian families by the Israeli occupation.

The study was administered during November. 1981 – February, 1982 to 1985 migrated families in 12 different residential areas in Jordan where these families have been living since migration. Relevant in formation was gathered from these families through questionnaires and personal interviews.

Analysis of the data demonstrated the peculiarity of problems which these families suffer from. Particularly psychological, mental and physical illness which have a high percentage of occurrence amongst these families. Poverty was anther problem which this study showed to be wide spread amongst the migrated families. Even the financial support given to these families by Palestinian. Arab or international institutional or bodies was shown to be insufficient.

On the other hand, the study showed that was no significant effect on the structural cohesion of migrated families. This study also showed that the low economical situation was dysfunctional to nuclear family independence, for it caused joint accommodation within the same house thus resulting in extended families comprising comprising more than one conjugal family. This is obviously at  variance with the trend of modified nuclear family which has begun to be frequent in the Arab world.

The study also showed that there was no significant negative psychological or moral effect on the migrated families and that most families faith in retarding to their homeland. Furthermore, the study showed that there was a positive correlation between this optimistic futuristic view and the good economical as well as between these optimistic view and family stability, but there was no correlation between the educational variable and these futuristic view.

Contrary to the speculation of the theories of the theories of mixed migrations, the present study showed that migrated families did not have problems in adaptation in the Jordanian society. This lends credibility to the assumption that the cultural and social similarities between the source society and the host society minimizes the problems, of adaptation for immigrants.

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