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Refugees, acculturation strategies, stress and integration

Phillimore, Jenny (2011) Refugees, acculturation strategies, stress and integration. Journal of Social Policy, 40 (3). ISSN 0047-2794

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The advent of super-diversity and politicisation of migration has been accompanied by heightened interest in migrant settlement. Much has been written in policy and academic fields about the importance of integration particularly in relation to the settlement of refugees. However little attention has been paid to the varied settlement experiences of individual refugees or how personal, cultural and experiential factors combine to influence settlement experiences. This paper turns to cross-cultural psychology’s discussion of acculturation processes and in particular Berry’s acculturation strategies (Berry 1997) to look at the different factors that influence acculturation and how these factors impact upon the ability of individual refugees to integrate. Using qualitative data collected from 138 interviews with refugees living in Birmingham, England, the paper shows how a range of group and individual factors relating to their experiences both in refugees’ home and host countries influence the acculturation strategies adopted by different refugees. It shows that in the current policy environment many refugees lack choice about acculturation strategy, are vulnerable to psychosocial stress and struggle to integrate.

Type of Work:Article
Date:July 2011 (Publication)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
Department:Third Sector Research Centre
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Keywords:Refugees, acculturation, integration, psychosocial stress
Subjects:H Social Sciences (General)
Institution:University of Birmingham
Copyright Holders:Cambridge Journals
ID Code:1397
Refereed:YES
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