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date: 21 October 2019

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Since the 1960s, the liberalization of immigration laws in the United States as well as in other industrialized countries has created a significant pool of professional workers who migrate from their countries of origin to more advanced economies. A majority of these immigrant professionals are from countries that are largely collectivistic in their orientations. They encounter significant difficulties in adjusting to and acculturating in the countries of settlement. In this chapter, we describe the trend of global immigration patterns of professionals and present a theoretical framework for understanding the nature of cultural dynamics involved in the experience of acculturation and acculturative stresses. Implications for lifelong learning are discussed.

Keywords: immigration, adaptive challenge, second culture adaptation and learning

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