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Understanding the Impact of Parental Migration on Children: Implications for Counseling Families from the Caribbean
Audrey M. Pottinger and Sharon Williams Brown
It is estimated that one in five children in the USA is a child of an immigrant and the numbers continue to grow (Suarez-Orozco, Todorova and Louie, 2002). The United States of America and Canada have a fortyyear history of receiving significant numbers of immigrants from the Caribbean (Thomas-Hope, 2002). At present these receiving countries host large West Indian populations in cities such as Toronto, New York and Miami. Attention needs to be directed at this population as how these immigrants adapt to their host country will determine their contribution to the economic, educational, health status and cultural harmony of that society as well as that of their country of origin.