The identity of displaced Christian Karen in the context of resettlement: threat or opportunity?

Worland, Shirley and Darlington, Yvonne (2010). The identity of displaced Christian Karen in the context of resettlement: threat or opportunity?. In: Contemporary Issues and Agenda on Social Work and Social Development: Special Issue. SWSD 2010. Joint World Conference on Social Work and Social Development: The Agenda, Hong Kong, Peoples Republic of China, (16-28). 10-14 June 2010. doi:10.1080/21650993.2010.9756072

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Author Worland, Shirley
Darlington, Yvonne
Title of paper The identity of displaced Christian Karen in the context of resettlement: threat or opportunity?
Conference name SWSD 2010. Joint World Conference on Social Work and Social Development: The Agenda
Conference location Hong Kong, Peoples Republic of China
Conference dates 10-14 June 2010
Proceedings title Contemporary Issues and Agenda on Social Work and Social Development: Special Issue   Check publisher's open access policy
Journal name Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication Singapore
Publisher Booksmith Productions
Publication Year 2010
Sub-type Fully published paper
DOI 10.1080/21650993.2010.9756072
ISSN 0218-5385
Volume 20
Issue 1
Start page 16
End page 28
Total pages 12
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
More than 200,000 displaced Karen from Burma have been " warehoused" in displaced persons' camps on the Thai-Burma border for more than 20 years. Recently, the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR) has embarked on the durable solution of resettlement to third countries for these people. In this paper, the experiences and perceptions of resettlement of Christian Karen are explored through the findings from two focus groups with recently arrived refugees, augmented by contextual discussions with Christian Karen community leaders in Australia. Focus group participants displayed a strong and overt sense of identity, both as individual Karen and as part of the Christian Karen community, locally and trans-nationally, indicating that Christian Karen identity remains intact during displacement and strongly influences the resettlement experience for this group.
Subjects 1607 Social Work
1699 Other Studies in Human Society
E1
Keyword Resettlement
Displaced persons
Karen
Identity
Adaptation
Resources
Refugees
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Special Issue in conjunction with the Joint World Conference on Social Work and Development 10 to 14 June 2010 : Comtemporary Issues and Agenda on Social Work and Social Development.

 
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