A Sociological Inquiry into “Arbitrary” Assigned Age Resettlement and Integration. A Case of the South Sudanese “Lost Boys” in the Greater Kansas City
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This study investigates the integration process of the Sudanese “Lost Boys” living in the greater Kansas City area. The “Lost Boys” are Sudanese refugees who relocated to the United States assisted by the US government as a result of intensely bloody and protracted warfare in their home country then known as Sudan (now South Sudan). The purpose of this study, in which data was collected from 40 “Boys” participating in the study, is to find integration experiences of these “Boys” in the greater Kansas area after resettlement in 2000. The specific goal of the study is to understand the degree of integration achieved by each participant during his 14-plus years living in the US. The study uses semi-structured interviews to assess the degree of integration. An adjunct inquiry explores what factors played a key role in enhancing or hindering their adjustment into American mainstream society.
KeywordsRefugees Unaccompanied minors Legal adults, assimilation US refugee policies Arbitrary assigned ages
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