Acculturation experiences of Iraqi refugees in Australia: the impact of visa category

Mansouri, Fethi, Leach, Michael and Traies, Samantha 2006, Acculturation experiences of Iraqi refugees in Australia: the impact of visa category, Journal of intercultural studies, vol. 27, no. 4, pp. 393-412, doi: 10.1080/07256860600936903.

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Title Acculturation experiences of Iraqi refugees in Australia: the impact of visa category
Author(s) Mansouri, FethiORCID iD for Mansouri, Fethi
Leach, Michael
Traies, Samantha
Journal name Journal of intercultural studies
Volume number 27
Issue number 4
Start page 393
End page 412
Publisher River Seine Publications
Place of publication Carlton, Vic.
Publication date 2006-11
ISSN 0725-6868
Keyword(s) refugee
temporary protection visa
Summary This paper examines the acculturation challenges facing Iraqi refugees in Australia, and the impact of humanitarian visa category. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with Temporary Protection Visa (TPV) holders and Permanent Protection Visa (PPV) holders living in Melbourne. The findings indicate that TPV holders identify the temporary visa regime as the primary obstacle to successful integration into Australian society. The findings also suggest that TPV refugees have developed a greater level of social ties outside their ethnic groups and are less focused on issues of cultural maintenance than refugees with PPVs. The insecurity associated with the temporary protection regime appears to have led to a decreased focus on cultural maintenance, in favour of the more immediate “survival” focus on material settlement needs and visa status. While the increased social contacts of TPV refugees with some mainstream groups may be considered a partial indicator of successful acculturation, these developments cannot be equated with “settlement” as the social ties are of a temporary or unstable nature. The overriding impact of the temporary visa regime is one of creating obstacles to the effective integration of TPV refugees.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/07256860600936903
Field of Research 160303 Migration
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006 Centre for Migrant and Intercultural Studies
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