More people are moving around the world today than at any other time in history, even including the diasporas and other migrations after WW II. Most experts agree that the vast majority are “forced migrants,” meaning that they aren’t just seeking a better economic life for themselves. Rather, they must flee their homelands or move within their countries or regions to less desirable places, to escape natural disasters, climate change, wars, other violence, trafficking, religious or ethnic persecution.
What are the “pulls” to new places and the “pushes” from the homeland?
What roles have we in the United States played to create or augment these forced migrations?
What does understanding our roles call upon us to be, as neighbors & citizens of the planet?”
Tina Castanares is a family medicine doctor in Hood River, Oregon. She received her medical degree from Keck School of Medicine of USC and has been in practice for more than 20 years. She also speaks multiple languages, including Spanish.
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