Author

Sam Chalfin

Publication Date

2017

Document Type

Masters Thesis

Study Type

Qualitative

Degree Name

Master of Social Work

Department

School for Social Work

Keywords

Refugees-Vermont-Chittenden County, Belonging (Social psychology), Refugees-Vermont-Chittenden County-Psychology, Refugees-Services for-Vermont-Chittenden County, Belonging, Refugees, Resettlement

Abstract

This qualitative study explores the sense of belonging among refugee adults in Chittenden County, Vermont, and the aspects of their resettlement that have helped or hindered this sense of belonging. The experiences of thirteen refugees between the ages of 23 and 68 were elicited through semi-structured interviews composed of questions that asked individuals to reflect on their processes of resettlement and the factors that have shaped their experiences of feeling accepted, safe, respected, and welcome in their new home. Major findings indicated that language and communication, connecting and developing relationships with other community members (both refugees and Americans), and receiving support from refugee and community services, are perceived to be the most influential factors in developing a sense of belonging. Suggestions for further research are discussed, as well as ways for community members, organizations, and service providers to structure policies and practices that may help cultivate an environment of belonging for refugees.

Language

English

Comments

v, 81 pages. Includes bibliographical references (pages 70-72)

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