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Cross-ethnic networks, self-reception system, and functional integration of refugees from the former Yugoslavia in Rome

  • Maja Korac
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Abstract

The character of the immigrant policy context in Italy has caused refugees from the former Yugoslavia in Rome to organize themselves spontaneously and to create a self-reception system that facilitates their functional integration. The Italian policy context allows refugees to approach their situation in exile in an active way because it does not offer them a dependent role. Emphasizing the importance of providing refugees with a framework for an active reconstruction of life, however, should not be understood as an apologia for the absence of strategy for integration as well as legal, financial, and institutional means to facilitate this process.

Key words

Refugees integration social-networks self-help auto-assistance self-suggiciency agency 

Résumé

La nature du contexte de l’immigration en Italie a forcé les réfugiés de l’ex-Yougoslavie, à Rome, à s’organiser spontanément et à créer leur propre système d’accueil afin de faciliter leur intégration fonctionnelle. Le contexte de la politique italienne à cet égard amène les réfugiés à aborder leur situation en exil d’une manière active parce que le contexte ne leur permet pas un rôle de dépendant. L’importance de donner aux réfugiés un cadre propice à la reconstruction active de leur vie ne doit cependant pas devenir une apologie de l’absence d’une stratégie d’intégration ainsi que de moyens légaux, financiers et institutionnels afin de faciliter cette reconstruction.

Mots-clefs

réfugiés intégration réseaux sociaux autonomie agence 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maja Korac
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  1. 1.University of OxfordOxfordUK

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