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How can interculturality support personal and professional success? ‘Success stories’ of highly-skilled refugees in Europe

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Sara GanassinORCiD, Professor Tony Young



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of a conference proceedings (inc. abstract) published in its final definitive form in 2018. For re-use rights please refer to the publishers terms and conditions.


In this paper, we draw data from a study conducted across three countries (UK, The Netherlands, and Austria) to investigate the linguistic and intercultural dimension of professional ‘success’ in the experiences of 12 highly-skilled refugees as they seek gainful employment in their adopted countries. Using a narrative framework, the paper gives an insight into participants’ experiences of displacement and into their different understandings of concepts of professional and personal success, as they share beliefs about what other skilled refugees need to support their transitions into their professional roles. As the findings discuss challenges and opportunities encountered by professionals from different fields (e.g., doctors, engineers), the paper argues how being and becoming ‘good interculturalists’ played a fundamental role in supporting all participants to re-built their lives and careers in Europe. Thus, this paper addresses the point listed in the call concerning the role of language in shaping a ‘good interculturalist’ with a focus on contexts of migration and displacement.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Ganassin S, Young T

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: IALIC 2018 Conference. The 'good' interculturalist yesterday, today and tomorrow: Everyday life-theory-research-policy-practice

Year of Conference: 2018

Print publication date: 31/08/2018

Acceptance date: 16/05/2018

Date deposited: 03/09/2018