Contested Belonging: Temporary Protection in Australia
Keywords:Australia, refugees, integration, limbo, social belonging, public discourse, temporary protection visa
AbstractThis paper utilizes an analytical distinction between three modes of social belonging to explain the ambiguous resettlement experiences of refugees granted a temporary protection visa (TPV) in Australia. Findings from two qualitative studies indicate that the dominance of a public discourse that depicts asylum seekers as “illegals” inhibits their sense of belonging at the national level. Yet belonging has been facilitated locally through relational networks within communities and the establishment of associations based on cultural or legal categories. Importantly, these successes have provided a basis from which to contest the continued lack of recognition faced by TPV refugees within a nationalistic public discourse.
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Copyright (c) 2005 Louise Humpage, Greg Marston
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