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From South Sudan to Australia

  • Ibolya LosonczEmail author
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Abstract

This chapter locates the journey of South Sudanese humanitarian migrants to Australia within the framework of the main sites of refugee movements: homeland, transit and resettlement country. It explores the difficulties and struggles of each part of the journey. The lives and needs of resettled refugees are often shaped by experiences before and during the flight. Thus understanding their homeland and transit experiences contributes importantly to a successful resettlement. Challenging the popular myth that the ‘refugee journey’ ends on arrival to the resettlement country, the chapter also explores the social receptiveness and immigration policies of Australia. The second section of this chapter describes South Sudanese heritage values, customs and social institutions in the context of resettlement. I introduce the main cultural transitions within the community, and discuss the complexities of managing such transitions while feeling threatened by new values being imposed by the receiving society.

Keywords

Migration journey Resettlement trajectories Cultural transition South Sudan Australia 

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  1. 1.Australian National UniversityActonAustralia

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