Next Article in Journal
Third-Generation Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)
Next Article in Special Issue
The Asylum Seekers in Non-Metropolitan Areas in France: Between Temporary Integration and Leading to Autonomy. The Case of the Ambertois Territory
Previous Article in Journal
Arrest and Referral Decisions in Sexual Assault Cases: The Influence of Police Discretion on Case Attrition
Previous Article in Special Issue
The Syrian Canadian Sports Club: A Community-Based Participatory Action Research Project with/for Syrian Youth Refugees
Article Menu

Export Article

Open AccessArticle

“And Slowly, the Integration and the Growing and the Learning”: Nuanced Notions of Integration of Bhutanese Refugees in US Cities

School of Social Work, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Soc. Sci. 2019, 8(6), 181; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci8060181
Received: 16 April 2019 / Revised: 1 June 2019 / Accepted: 6 June 2019 / Published: 11 June 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Integration and Resettlement of Refugees and Forced Migrants)
  |  
PDF [240 KB, uploaded 11 June 2019]

Abstract

Policy related to refugee integration focuses on economic factors, while integration is not clearly operationalized nor is it being systematically measured and tracked in policy implementation. This study poses the question, how can local-level integration be conceptualized based on the perspectives of resettled refugees, to add nuance to policy. Using a case study approach with a nation-wide scale, data include 40 interviews and five focus groups with leaders of Bhutanese refugee-run organizations in 35 cities across the United States. Findings illustrate the importance of bonds, bridges and links in non-linear, relational integration. Findings also suggest that better access to services and resources is the responsibility of policy-makers and would lead to stronger bridges over time. This complicates existing policy and implies that resettlement programming should remain individualized and contextual from the ground level to the national level. View Full-Text
Keywords: two-way integration; resettled refugees; Bhutanese; resettlement policy two-way integration; resettled refugees; Bhutanese; resettlement policy
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).
SciFeed

Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Taccolini Pannagio, A.; Gonzalez Benson, O. “And Slowly, the Integration and the Growing and the Learning”: Nuanced Notions of Integration of Bhutanese Refugees in US Cities. Soc. Sci. 2019, 8, 181.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics

1

Comments

[Return to top]
Soc. Sci. EISSN 2076-0760 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top