Roomies for life? An assessment of how staying with a local facilitates refugee integration

Hans van Dijk*, Lena Knappert, Quita Muis, Sophie Alkhaled

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Abstract

In light of failing integration policies and practices, we provide a qualitative evaluation of a social innovation that aims to facilitate integration by providing refugees an opportunity to reside temporarily with locals. Our analysis of the experiences shared by refugee guests and local hosts provides insight on the theory and practice of refugee integration in three ways: we (1) inform research and policy on the effectiveness of staying with a local as a means for integrating refugees, (2) unpack the mechanisms through which staying with a local facilitates refugee integration, and (3) theoretically enrich the literature on indicators of integration.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2021

Keywords

  • AGENCY
  • IMMIGRANTS
  • Refugee integration
  • SETTLEMENT
  • SOCIAL INNOVATION
  • SPORT
  • indicators of integration
  • refugee housing
  • social bridges
  • social innovation

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