Engagement in migrant organizations for immigrant integration: A mixed‑method study with Peruvians in Chile

Daniela Marzana, Sara Maria Martinez Damia, Elena Marta, Maura Pozzi, Maria Loreto Martínez

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Immigrant communities in Chile face barriers to their integration, in the form of discrimination and social exclusion. Psychology of Liberation claims that, when minority groups experience oppressing conditions, community engagement can be a path towards integration. Nevertheless, community participation has been mainly studied in North America and Europe. Through a concurrent nested mixed-method design this study explores the relation between community engagement and perception of integration of Peruvian immigrants in Santiago de Chile. One hundred and ten Peruvians (age range 19 to 52 years), engaged in migrant organizations (MOs), completed a self-report questionnaire that aims to identify the predictors of integration based on psychosocial perspective (education), acculturation (national identity and ethnic identity) and liberation psychology literature (perceived institutional sensitivity, knowledge of the Chilean culture and laws). Additionally, 18 Peruvian leaders (ages 31 to 56 years) were interviewed in order to explore intergroup relations and organizational strategies that their MOs use to enhance integration. An interesting and novel finding points to the role of a Latin-American identity that appears to have potential negative consequences in maintaining the status quo for the social exclusion that Peruvians currently face.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)1-22
Numero di pagine22
RivistaJournal of International Migration and Integration
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2022


  • Community engagement
  • Concurrent nested design
  • Disegno di ricerca misto
  • Identità Sovra-ordinata
  • Immigrati Peruviani
  • Partecipazione comunitaria
  • Peruvian immigrants
  • Santiago de Chile
  • Santiago del Cile
  • Super-ordinate identity


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