Resettled refugees need a network of relationships to ensure they can live meaningful lives in New Zealand. These relationships are complex and exist between individuals and communities at local and national levels. Conceptualised as social capital, these relationships provide the invisible glue holding society together. Drawing on data from a research project on the Somali community in Auckland, this paper reflects on contemporary developments within the refugee sector and highlights the ways in which social capital provides further insight into the experiences of refugee integration at a local level in New Zealand.


Creator | Kaihanga
S Elliott & I Yusuf
Year of Creation | Tau
Publisher | Kaiwhakaputa
Kotuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online
Keywords | Kupu
Refugee integration, refugee resettlement, social capital, social policy, Somali
Main Language | Reo Matua
Submitter's Rights | Nga Tika o te Kaituku
I represent the publisher or owner organisation of this resource
Bibliographic Citation | Whakapuakanga

S Elliott & I Yusuf (2014). ‘Yes, we can; but together’: social capital and
refugee resettlement, Kotuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online, 9:2, 101-110, DOI:

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