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Displacement and Professional Reintegration – ‘Success Stories’ from the European Refugee Crisis

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Tony Young, Dr Alina SchartnerORCiD, Dr Sara GanassinORCiD, Professor Steve WalshORCiD



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of a conference proceedings (inc. abstract) published in its final definitive form in 2019. For re-use rights please refer to the publishers terms and conditions.


Displacement and Professional Reintegration – ‘Success Stories’ from the European Refugee CrisisThis study was commissioned by the European Commission and conducted in Austria, the Netherlands and the UK. Its aims were, firstly to understand the contextualised trajectories of highly-skilled former refugees who have successfully reconnected with their professions in Europe: secondly to explore these people’s perspectives on what factors facilitated or inhibited their professional reintegration, particularly in terms of language and intercultural communication. We present qualitative findings from case studies and semi-structured interview data involving five such former refugees. Findings from thematic content analysis emphasised the importance of psychological resilience and a sense of self; intrinsic motivation; and of building and maintaining social networks in professional reintegration. They also revealed inter-relationships between ideas of intercultural and intergroup communication in the context of displacement. The research process more generally also spoke strongly to ideas of power and agency on both sides of the researcher-researched nexus, which we explore as an intergroup phenomenon.

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Author(s): Young TJ, Schartner A, Ganassin S, Walsh S

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: European Association of Social Psychology Annual Conference

Year of Conference: 2019

Print publication date: 01/07/2019

Acceptance date: 01/11/2015

Date deposited: 08/07/2019