The process of resettlement as a refugee often involves adapting to, and reconciling with, a new social reality. The complexities associated with acculturation across age, gender and family dynamics are navigated within greater social contexts that may encourage or hinder the processes of adjustment and settlement. This paper addresses the recent New Zealand Refugee Resettlement Strategy in light of contemporary theoretical developments with regard to the segmented assimilation thesis and the forms of social capital that, when available, may be mobilised to help refugee-background individuals, families and communities to forge new routes for participation and belonging. In particular, we examine the strategy and its five main goals of self-sufficiency, participation, health and well-being, education and housing as these relate to the possibilities and tensions at play in the wider acculturation experiences of New Zealand’s diverse refugee populations


Creator | Kaihanga
Jay Marlowe, Allen Bartley, A. Hibtit
Year of Creation | Tau
Publisher | Kaiwhakaputa
Routledge; Taylor & Francis
Creative Commons Licence
Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives CC BY-NC-ND
Keywords | Kupu
Acculturation, Culture, Language, Policy, Refugee, Resettlement
Main Language | Reo Matua
Submitter's Rights | Nga Tika o te Kaituku
I represent the publisher or owner organisation of this resource
This Research has
been peer reviewed by academics at a university
Bibliographic Citation | Whakapuakanga

Marlowe, J., Bartley, A., & Hibtit, A. (2014) The New Zealand Refugee Resettlement Strategy: implications for identity, acculturation and civic participation. Kotuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online, 9(2), 60-69. Routledge; Taylor & Francis

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