The Lack of Integration Policy and Experiences of Settlement: A Case Study of Refugees in Rome
Korac, M. 2003. The Lack of Integration Policy and Experiences of Settlement: A Case Study of Refugees in Rome. Journal of Refugee Studies. 16 (4), pp. 398-421.
This article examines the question of an absence of an integration policy, and specifically how this lack of state intervention is perceived by refugees themselves, and how it shapes their attitudes towards and strategies for integration. The emphasis in examining integration of refugees in this paper is on the importance of human agency in the process of structuring and re-structuring social relations across space and time. The article is based upon research among a group of refugees from former Yugoslavia settled in Rome. Their experiences presented in this paper document a case of integration in which the refugees, for the most part, have not encountered any kind of assistance programme. This situation caused considerable difficulty in the process of their settlement, particularly during its early stages, yet it permitted spontaneous and personalized encounters between the refugees' native culture(s) and that of the receiving society. It is suggested that the nature of these encounters contributed to strengthening the adaptability of the refugees. It also affected their subjective wellbeing and tended to compensate for the numerous problems associated with other aspects of their integration.
|Keywords||integration policy; former Yugoslavia; refugees; Italy|
|Journal||Journal of Refugee Studies|
|Journal citation||16 (4), pp. 398-421|
|Accepted author manuscript|
|Web address (URL)||http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jrs/16.4.398|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||23 Feb 2010|
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