Navigating Precarious Terrains: Reconceptualizing Refugee-Youth Settlement
Keywords:Australia, refugees, settlement, youth, social navigation, Good Starts study, longitudinal study
Settlement is widely understood as the final stage of the refugee journey: a durable solution to forced displacement and a stable environment in which former refugees can rebuild their lives. However, settlement is shaped by rapidly changing socio-political forces producing contingent, unpredictable, and even hostile environments. This article draws upon Vigh’s concept of social navigation to reconceptualize settlement as a continuation of a fraught journey in which refugee settlers must continually seek new strategies to pursue viable futures. We illustrate with an in-depth case study of the settlement journey of one refugee-background young man over his first eight years in Melbourne, Australia.
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Copyright (c) 2017 Caitlin Nunn, Sandra M. Gifford, Celia McMichael, Ignacio Correa-Velez
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