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Community work and exile politics: Kurdish refugee associations in London

Authors: Wahlbeck, Osten
Keywords: Kurdistan -- refugees; England -- London -- refugees -- conditions; London -- Ethnic associations; London -- social conditions; England -- Kurdish refugees
Issue Date: 1998
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Description: "Ethnic associations play an important role for refugees in their new country of settlement. However, refugee communities are often politically divided and find it hard to create viable ethnic organizations. This dilemma is highlighted by results obtained from an ethnographic field study of Kurdish refugees in London. The British case is of special interest, since the refugee resettlement policy is characterized by a tendency to emphasize the role of the 'local community'. The article discusses whether the politicization of the Kurdish associations in London has been a help or a hindrance for the creation of refugee assistance organizations. It is argued that, although there is no cohesive Kurdish community, the refugees have been able to establish well-functioning organizations of a more limited nature. In this process the political activism of the Kurdish refugees has been a resource rather than an obstacle."
Appears in Collections:International Relations & Ethnic Minorities: NGO and Think-Tank Reports

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