Refugees on the move: resettlement and onward migration in 'final' destination countries

Shaffer, M. and Stewart, E. (2021) Refugees on the move: resettlement and onward migration in 'final' destination countries. In: Cohen, J. H. and Sirkeci, I. (eds.) Handbook of Culture and Migration. Series: Elgar Handbooks in Migration. Edward Elgar, pp. 341-350. ISBN 9781789903454 (doi: 10.4337/9781789903461.00037)

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Refugee migration is often discussed in isolation from other types of mobility. Refugee movement is distinguished by the perception that such migrations are forced and occur among disempowered individuals and populations lacking autonomy. This essay dispels the notion that refugees are not involved in making decisions about their mobility. We situate refugee migration as one category of movement, and then discuss migration trajectories and how individuals determine where they will go and how they will get there. Finally, we discuss refugee resettlement and onward migration, exploring why resettlement does not necessarily stop movement. Many refugees continue to migrate even after resettlement as they search for jobs, co-ethnic communities, a sense of belonging, and so on, which contradicts the policy goals of creating a permanent home in a new country.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Stewart, Dr Emma
Authors: Shaffer, M., and Stewart, E.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
Publisher:Edward Elgar
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 Edward Elgar
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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