Title

Youth Migration - The Trajectory of Integration of Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Ireland

Document Type

Journal Article

Faculty

Faculty of Regional and Professional Studies

School

Faculty of Regional and Professional Studies

RAS ID

14018

Comments

This article was originally published as: Veeran, D. L. (2012). Youth Migration - The Trajectory of Integration of Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Ireland. A Journal of Youth Work: Research and Positive Practices in Work with Young People, (9), 47- 64. Original article available here

Abstract

In the current climate of globalisation, migration, a complex multilayered social phenomenon poses many challenges. By the very nature of moving from one’s country of origin to the host society, migrants have to negotiate many factors such as social, political, cultural, and economical. This study examined the process of integration within the host country through the narratives of youth asylum seekers and refugees. The trajectory of migration was examined using narratives of participants expounding factors that were critical in either influencing or inhibiting integration. The findings illuminated the prominence of three dominant themes, namely, social distance – the process of ‘othering’, cultural transition and the evolution of a hybridised culture that characterised the trajectories of migration. The rational outcome of culturalisation characterised the trajectory of integration wherein most participants accepted that some level of adaptation and relearning was necessary. Ultimately, through their negotiated endeavours to integrate with the host society, new socio-cultural codes were developed while retaining primary aspects of their ethnicity, such as dress and food.

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