The Role of Bridging Social Networks in Refugee Settlement: The Case of Exile Communities from the former Yugoslavia in Italy and the Netherlands

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Korac, M. 2005. The Role of Bridging Social Networks in Refugee Settlement: The Case of Exile Communities from the former Yugoslavia in Italy and the Netherlands. in: Waxman, P. and Colic-Peisker, V. (ed.) Homeland Wanted New York Nova Science Publishers. pp. 87-107
AuthorsKorac, M.
EditorsWaxman, P. and Colic-Peisker, V.
Abstract

The chapter examines how different refugee settlement policies in Italy and the Netherlands affect the process of formation of social networks within and outside a group of compatriots. I explore the social condition of exile communities from the former Yugoslavia and examine
how different policy interventions, intentionally and unintentionally, affect micro-level social interactions in these specific settlement contexts. Data for this study were collected during
several months of ethnographic fieldwork in Rome (1999-2000) and Amsterdam (2000-2001).
The discussion aims to emphasise the connection between specific policy contexts, structural constraints they embody, and the type of human agency they engender. Special emphasis is placed on the examination of the role of ‘bridging social networks’ established outside the refugee group, which seem to facilitate considerably the successful integration of refugees. I
suggest that although governments cannot directly affect the formation of bridging social capital, it is possible to develop policies that facilitate it. Without such policies, integration remains plagued by relative social isolation, even when there are employment opportunities
and relaxed naturalisation policies.

Keywordssettlement; social networks; integration policies; refugee experiences; social capital
Book titleHomeland Wanted
Page range87-107
Year2005
PublisherNova Science Publishers
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Print2005
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Deposited24 Feb 2010
Place of publicationNew York
Web address (URL)https://www.novapublishers.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=2838
http://hdl.handle.net/10552/626
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Korac, M. (2005) ‘The Role of Bridging Social Networks in Refugee Settlement: The Case of Exile Communities from the former Yugoslavia in Italy and the Netherlands’ In: Waxman, P. & Colic-Peisker, V. (eds) Homeland Wanted, New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc pp.87-107.

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