Relocation due to work or immigration is one of the most stressful changes that can seriously affect our relationships and emotional lives (see “Relocation Stages”). In recent times, the phenomenon of people moving around the globe to seek a better life has become one of the normal changes that many may expect to experience. Some people are naturally better at adjusting to new cultures, languages and places. These people usually will go through the process without noted difficulties and may even enjoy the transition. But if just one member of a relocating family has difficulties with relocation, the entire family can be destabilized and can suffer emotionally.

As a daughter of immigrants and as an immigrant myself, I experienced first-hand the unforeseen challenges, opportunities and ramifications of relocation on families and children. My personal experience compelled me to study the issue. With my family systems’ expertise, I have been able to develop a unique perspective on the impact of relocation on families, marriage and children.

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