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Adaptation of Sudanese refugees in an Australian context : investigating helps and hindrances

Shakespeare-Finch, Jane E. & Wickham, Kylie (2009) Adaptation of Sudanese refugees in an Australian context : investigating helps and hindrances. International Migration, 48(1), pp. 23-46.

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Abstract

The present study investigates the experiences of Sudanese refugees by exploring the themes that characterise participants’ experiences in Sudan, en route, and at their Australian destination. In particular, the research identifies several factors that may be seen as ‘helps’ or ‘hindrances’ to Sudanese refugees’ adaptation. Participants were 12 Sudanese refugees aged between 19 and 40 years who had been residing in Australia for five years or less. A qualitative phenomenological approach to data collection and analysis was employed. Examination of the interview transcripts revealed that all participants identified both ‘hindrances’ and ‘helps’ toward adaptation and indicated that positive adaptation is not only possible, but probable for Sudanese refugees in spite of their past experiences of trauma and present resettlement difficulties. Several practical implications were elicited from the research including a need for programs that actively promote refugees’ adaptation by encouraging the broadening of social networks.

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ID Code: 32029
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Refugees, Adaptation, Trauma, Resilience, Assistance, Acculturation, Sudanese
DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2435.2009.00561.x
ISSN: 0020-7985
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > DEMOGRAPHY (160300) > Migration (160303)
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 2009 International Organization for Migration
Deposited On: 04 May 2010 07:50
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:16

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