Managing migration: The applied psychology of international transitions

Kinga Williams (1), Rose Aghdami (2)
(1) Mensana Intercultural Psychological Consultancy, Great Britain, United Kingdom,
(2) Mensana Intercultural Psychological Consultancy, Great Britain, United Kingdom

Abstract

Fact: Placing a skilled executive overseas for a three-year contract can cost as much as US$ 1 million.
Fact: A significant number of overseas sojourns fail, leading to premature repatriation.
Fact: Psychological adjustment to the new culture is the make or break of cross-cultural transitions.


Managing migration successfully is, therefore, crucial.
The paper will introduce the Mensana Model of Managing Migration.
According to the model, migration follows a five-stage psychological process, requiring management via three levels of support. The desired outcome is the development of the understanding and skills necessary to make the international sojourn a success for all involved.

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About the authors:

Dr Kinga Williams MA, BSc, PhD, DipClinPsych, UKCPreg,

Clinical Psychologist, Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, Lecturer in Abnormal Psychology, with a special interest in the psychopathology of immigration and culture shock in adults and the elderly.

Rose Aghdami CPsychol, BSocSc, MSc, DipCoPsych,

Counselling Psychologist and Trainer in private practice, with a special interest in issues raised by cross-cultural transitions, cultural identity, marginality and the concept of ‘home’.

Both are co-founders of Mensana Y International (Est. 1999), a clinical practice and intercultural consultancy, specialising in the applied psychology of international transitions.

Authors

Kinga Williams
(Primary Contact)
Rose Aghdami
Williams, K., & Aghdami, R. (2005). Managing migration: The applied psychology of international transitions. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 5(1), 1–06. https://doi.org/10.36923/jicc.v5i1.403

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