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

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posted on 2006-11-01, 00:00 authored by Fethi MansouriFethi Mansouri, Michael Leach, Samantha Traies
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.

History

Journal

Journal of intercultural studies

Volume

27

Issue

4

Pagination

393 - 412

Publisher

River Seine Publications

Location

Carlton, Vic.

ISSN

0725-6868

eISSN

1469-9540

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2006 Centre for Migrant and Intercultural Studies