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A qualitative study of the career aspirations of resettled young Sudanese and Somali refugees

Tlhabano, Kagiso Nelly & Schweitzer, Robert (2007) A qualitative study of the career aspirations of resettled young Sudanese and Somali refugees. Journal of Psychology in Africa, 17(1), pp. 137-145.

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Abstract

The study documents and explicates the academic experiences, visions, hopes and desires which shape the vocational aspirations of young Sudanese and a Somali refugee who have resettled in Australia. Semi-structured interviews were conducted to examine the experiences of a sample of 14 young resettled refugees in Brisbane, Australia. Adopting a qualitative methodology, the interviews covered the aspirations of the participants across three time periods: life in the country of origin, transit and resettlement. Participants expressed high ambitions despite their experiences of school disruption pre resettlement and language difficulties post resettlement. The situation in the country of origin emerged as influential upon their aspirations in both pre and resettlement life. English language difficulties emerged as the most common consideration influencing aspirations following resettlement. A number of considerations were found that influenced their vocational aspirations before and after resettlement. Such considerations may enlighten service providers working with resettled young African refugees.

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ID Code: 26400
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Refugees , Aspirations, Career, Qualitative, Sudanese
ISSN: 1433-0237
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 NISC Pty Ltd.
Deposited On: 20 Jul 2009 12:18
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:34

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