"I am not a case, I'm a person". Refugees and Belonging in the Netherlands

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Abstract

“I am not a case but a person”, is a quote from a young Syrian refugee in expressing his disappointment at his stay in the Netherlands. He acknowledges that he was lucky to live in a safe place and to possess a residence permit to stay for five years in the country. But after his long flight from Syria to the Netherlands he was eager to start his life by studying and by meeting Dutch people. However, his daily experiences of being confronted with obstacle after obstacle had taught him that this goal was far too ambitious. The Rochdale Housing Association approached the university to conduct a research project among this group of refugees. In this paper we present the findings of the qualitative research, conducted by two supervisors and six students, among mostly Syrian refugees who recently settled down in the Netherlands and were trying to build a sense of belonging in their new country. One of the conclusions is that gatherings, organised for refugees and Dutch locals, and social contacts in little towns supported them most in their sense of belonging.
Original languageEnglish
Pages1-12
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jun 2019
EventThe First Edition of the Afro-Mediterranean Forum for Migration Studies. Organized by Identity and Difference Research Group of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. - Mohammed Premier University, Oujda, Morocco
Duration: 20 Jun 201921 Jun 2019

Conference

ConferenceThe First Edition of the Afro-Mediterranean Forum for Migration Studies. Organized by Identity and Difference Research Group of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.
CountryMorocco
CityOujda
Period20/06/1921/06/19

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