A Study of the Experiences of Integration and Settlement of Afghan Government-Assisted Refugees in Halifax, Canada

Authors

  • Shiva Nourpanah Dalhousie University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.25071/1920-7336.38603

Keywords:

Halifax, Canada, Afghan refugees, GARs, government assisted refugees, resettlement, integration, agency, structure, identity, culture

Abstract

This article presents a qualitative study of the experiences of a sample of Afghan refugees who have settled in Canada. Using Anthony Giddens’s concepts of structure and agency, the author analyzes interview data to explore how the respondents express their agency within the structural constraints of refugee life. In light of the research findings, it is argued that Afghan refugees form a diverse and heterogeneous population, in stark contrast to the essentialized and homogenous portrayals of silent, suffering victims of circumstance as found in popular media and policy discourse.

Published

2014-05-06

How to Cite

Nourpanah, S. (2014). A Study of the Experiences of Integration and Settlement of Afghan Government-Assisted Refugees in Halifax, Canada. Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, 30(1), 57–66. https://doi.org/10.25071/1920-7336.38603