Effects of the community engagement of migrants on their well-being: The case of Moroccan leaders in southern Spain

Daniela Marzana, Elena Marta, Virginia Paloma, Manuel García-Ramírez

Risultato della ricerca: Contributo in rivistaArticolo in rivista

12 Citazioni (Scopus)

Abstract

Community engagement of migrants has been identified as an important element in developing both individual well-being and cohesive multicultural receiving communities. Through 10 in-depth interviews, this study explores the profile of Moroccan migrant leaders in community organizations in the receiving context (south of Spain) and the reasons for which they engage. Moreover, it analyzes the relationship established between community engagement and their well-being. The results show that migrants commit for both intrinsic (e.g., support their compatriots) and extrinsic (e.g., increase their social connection) reasons. Their social action has a positive influence on their well-being because it activates the following paths: (1) improvement of bicultural competences; (2) development of social relationships with receiving members; (3) strengthening of social bonds with compatriots; (4) increase of abilities in dealing with unjust social conditions in the new environment; and (5) decrease of prejudice towards their own cultural group.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)32-43
Numero di pagine12
RivistaJOURNAL OF PREVENTION & INTERVENTION IN THE COMMUNITY
DOI
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2017

Keywords

  • activism
  • community engagement
  • migration
  • voluntary work
  • volunteering
  • well-being

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