Unaccompanied Refugee youth and Social Interactions: Perceptions and experiences of social interaction with native-born
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
The aim of this study has been to explore how unaccompanied refugee youth create and consider their social interaction in their new country of residence, the study also explore how the participants perceived social interaction in relation to other areas of life and which mechanism they considered to be important for a positive social interactions.
The empirical material was collected through four semi-structured interviews with unaccompanied refugee youths in Sweden.
The analysis is based on Social Capital theory by Pierre Bourdieu. Bourdieu explain the term social capital to understand how individuals can ensure benefits or be inhabited through participation in certain social interactions.
The key results of this study show that the participants view their social interaction to be an important aspect of integration into the Swedish society, mainly because it provides them with the opportunity to learn the Swedish language faster. For this reason, the participants preferred to socialize with natives rather than with their own ethnic group.
Key result of this study is that the refugee youth perceived social interaction with native-born to be of greater importance, than with co-ethnic. Co-ethnic group means to belong to same ethnic groups as itself. The reasons for this were that they had fled their home countries due to persecution as a result of sexual orientation, and of social unacceptence of their lifestyles.
Another reason was they perceived interaction with native-born to better enhance possibilities of integration to host society.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 29 p.
Unaccompanied refugee youth, Social Networks, Social Capital
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-21920OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-21920DiVA: diva2:942538
Subject / course
Social work – specialisation in international social work (in eng)
2016-06-10, Högskolan i Gävle, Gävle, 16:40 (English)