Cultural Citizenship and Refugee Integration: The case of African youth in Australia

Mekonnen, Tebeje Molla 2021, Cultural Citizenship and Refugee Integration: The case of African youth in Australia. In Gomez Barreto, I (ed), Handbook of research on promoting social justice for immigrants and refugees through active citizenship and intercultural education, IGI Global, Hershey, Penn., pp.37-54, doi: 10.4018/978-1-7998-7283-2.ch003.

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Title Cultural Citizenship and Refugee Integration: The case of African youth in Australia
Author(s) Mekonnen, Tebeje Molla
Title of book Handbook of research on promoting social justice for immigrants and refugees through active citizenship and intercultural education
Editor(s) Gomez Barreto, I
Publication date 2021
Chapter number 3
Total chapters 19
Start page 37
End page 54
Total pages 18
Publisher IGI Global
Place of Publication Hershey, Penn.
Summary This chapter sheds light on the cultural citizenship of refugee-background Black Africans in Australia. Specifically, it elaborates on cultural citizenship as an analytical framework, outlines recent multicultural policy provisions in Australia, and highlights how conservative politicians and media personalities racialize youth violence and stigmatize Black Africans as dangerous criminals. Then the chapter proceeds to explain why racialized moral panic undermines the integration of African refugees. It argues that public humiliation emasculates self-efficacy, leading to youth disengagement. Second, the deprivation of cultural citizenship diminishes refugee youth's sense of affiliation. Third, public racial disparagement reinforces interpersonal racial prejudice and discrimination. Fourth, racial stigmatization perpetuates socio-economic disadvantages of refugee communities, durably positioning them on the margin of society. In light of these points, it is argued that a claim for equal respect and dignifying representation is a demand for full citizenship.
ISBN 9781799872856
ISSN 2475-675X
2475-6768
Language eng
DOI 10.4018/978-1-7998-7283-2.ch003
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30153491

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