Understanding Integration: A Conceptual Framework



Ager, Alastair and Strang, Alison (2008) Understanding Integration: A Conceptual Framework. Journal of Refugee Studies, 21 (2). pp. 166-191. ISSN 0951-6328

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Abstract

Integration has become both a key policy objective related to the resettlement of refugees and other migrants, and a matter of significant public discussion. Coherent policy development and productive public debate are, however, both threatened by the fact that the concept of integration is used with widely differing meanings. Based on review of attempted definitions of the term, related literature and primary fieldwork in settings of refugee settlement in the UK, the paper identifies elements central to perceptions of what constitutes 'successful' integration. Key domains of integration are proposed related to four overall themes: achievement and access across the sectors of employment, housing, education and health; assumptions and practice regarding citizenship and rights; processes of social connection within and between groups within the community; and structural barriers to such connection related to language, culture and the local environment. A framework linking these domains is presented as a tool to foster debate and definition regarding normative conceptions of integration in resettlement settings. © The Author [2008]. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Citizenship; Culture; Education; Employment; Framework; Health; Housing; Integration; Language; Perceptions; Refugee; Rights; Social connection
Divisions: School of Health Sciences > The Institute for International Health and Development
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2009 11:40
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2014 12:56
URI: http://eresearch.qmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/753

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