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From surviving to thriving: 'success stories' of highly skilled refugees in the UK

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



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Taylor and Francis , 2020.

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This article is located in the context of the refugee emergency in Europe and responses to it. We draw data from a qualitative study exploring challenges and factors that facilitated professional success in the experiences of five highly skilled refugees as they seek gainful employment in the UK. Findings emphasise the importance of motivation and resilience, and of (re)building social networks in professional (re)integration. Relatedly, the paper also examines how the concept of ‘intercultural communicative competence’ might guide ethical responses to the needs of these groups.Il presente articolo si colloca all’interno del contesto dell’emergenza dei rifugiati in Europa e delle risposte ad essa. Lo studio di matrice qualitativa esplora le sfide incontrate da cinque rifugiati altamente qualificati nella ricerca di lavoro nel Regno Unito e i fattori che ne hanno determinato il successo professionale. I risultati della ricerca enfatizzano l’importanza che ricoprono la motivazione, la resilienza e la capacità di (ri)costruire una rete di contatti sociali per la (re)integrazione professionale. Inoltre, l’articolo esamina come il concetto di ‘competenza comunicativa interculturale’ possa collaborare ad elaborare delle risposte etiche alle necessità di questi gruppi.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Ganassin S, Young TJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Language and Intercultural Communication

Year: 2020

Volume: 20

Pages: 125-140

Online publication date: 03/03/2020

Acceptance date: 20/02/2020

Date deposited: 03/03/2020

ISSN (print): 1470-8477

ISSN (electronic): 1747-759X

Publisher: Taylor and Francis


DOI: 10.1080/14708477.2020.1731520


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