Does Participating in National and Ethnic Associations Promote Migrant Integration? A Study with Young First- and Second-Generation Migrants

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Abstract

On arrival to a new country, migrants usually face language barriers, cultural barriers, discrimination, and other sources of unjust contextual conditions that lower their chances of a successful life (Handy and Greenspan, Nonprofit Volunt Sect Q 38:956–982, 2009). This scenario compromises their levels of well-being and supports a tendency toward social fragmentation in places of settlement (García-Ramírez et al., Am J Community Psychol 47(1–2), 86–97, 2011). In response to this situation, migrants’ engagement in civic life has been identified as an important element for developing both individual well-being and cohesive communities (Gilster, J Community Psychol 40(7), 769–784, 2012) (Stoll and Wong, Int Migr Rev 41(4), 880–908, 2007). Using a qualitative study, the present work explores the effects of activism on youth of sub-Saharan African origin, of the first and second generations, who are active in national and ethnic associations. The work aims to explore (1) through narratives the meaning that integration has for young migrants; (2) how integrated they feel; and (3) the role of the association, both national and ethnic, in the perception of integration of these young people. The participants were 21 young migrants (18–33 years old) of first and second generations, who participated in in-depth interviews. Tematic analysis was used. The results indicate that activism has positive implications for the integration and construction of migrants’ bicultural identity.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Titolo della pubblicazione ospiteChildren and Peace
Pagine103-118
Numero di pagine16
Volume2020
DOI
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2020

Serie di pubblicazioni

NomePEACE PSYCHOLOGY BOOK SERIES

Keywords

  • Integration, Migrant, youth, Ethnic identity, National identity, Participation, Associationism

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