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- Acculturation experiences of Iraqi refugees in Australia: the impact of visa category
- Mansouri, Fethi; Leach, Michael; Traies, Samantha
- This paper examines the acculturation challenges facing Iraqi refugees in Australia, and the impact of humanitarian visa category. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with Temporary Protection Visa (TPV) holders and Permanent Protection Visa (PPV) holders living in Melbourne. The findings indicate that TPV holders identify the temporary visa regime as the primary obstacle to successful integration into Australian society. The findings also suggest that TPV refugees have developed a greater level of social ties outside their ethnic groups and are less focused on issues of cultural maintenance than refugees with PPVs. The insecurity associated with the temporary protection regime appears to have led to a decreased focus on cultural maintenance, in favour of the more immediate 'survival' focus on material settlement needs and visa status. While the increased social contacts of TPV refugees with some mainstream groups may be considered a partial indicator of successful acculturation, these developments cannot be equated with 'settlement' as the social ties are of a temporary or unstable nature. The overriding impact of the temporary visa regime is one of creating obstacles to the effective integration of TPV refugees.
- Publication type
- Journal article
- Journal of Intercultural Studies, Vol. 27, no. 4 (Nov 2006), pp. 393-412
- Publication year
- FOR Code(s)
- 160601 Australian Government and Politics; 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing
- Acculturation; Asylum seekers; Australia; Cultural identity; Ethnic groups; Ethnic relations; Immigration; Iraq; Middle East; Refugees; Temporary Protection Visas; TPV; Visa
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- Copyright © 2006 Centre for Migrant and Intercultural Studies.
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