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Children 2019, 6(2), 18; https://doi.org/10.3390/children6020018

Addressing Marginality and Exclusion: The Resettlement Experiences of War-Affected Young People in Quebec, Canada

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Social Service Program, Dawson College, Montreal, QC H3Z 1A4, Canada
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School of Social Work, McGill University, Montreal, QC H3A 2A7, Canada
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Received: 18 December 2018 / Revised: 25 January 2019 / Accepted: 27 January 2019 / Published: 30 January 2019
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Accessing meaningful forms of support can be an onerous experience for young people resettling from war-affected contexts. In addition to facing linguistic and financial barriers in this process, these young people negotiate care systems that are often structurally and culturally insensitive to their unique needs, values, beliefs, and intersectional experiences of oppression. Drawing on interviews with 22 young people from war-affected areas living in Quebec, Canada, this paper critically examines how dominant cultural norms and social relations in Quebec’s health, social and educational services network shape their experiences in seeking care, healing and belonging. Alternative care systems and approaches, as proposed by the participants, are then explored. The findings emphasize the need for spaces and care services where war-affected young people’s identities and lived realities are validated and represented. View Full-Text
Keywords: war; migration; resettlement; refugee; youth; exclusion; cultural norms; Quebec; Canada war; migration; resettlement; refugee; youth; exclusion; cultural norms; Quebec; Canada
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Buccitelli, A.S.; Denov, M. Addressing Marginality and Exclusion: The Resettlement Experiences of War-Affected Young People in Quebec, Canada. Children 2019, 6, 18.

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