Cultural Indicators of Successful Settlement of Refugees In Australia
This paper reports on the findings of a one-year study examining the acculturation challenges facing refugees on temporary protection visas (TPV) in Australia. Drawing on interviews with individual refugees, it examines refugee perceptions of 'successful' acculturation, focussing on the way individual conceptions of identity and belonging are renegotiated in exile, and particular choices between ethnocultural maintenance and cultural adaptation are made. The paper concludes by identifying the key factors or 'strategies' that impede or facilitate successful acculturation, focussing specifically on the impact of the TPV introduced in Australia in 1999.
Keywords: Refugees, Acculturation, Temporary Protection Visas
Dr Michael Leach
Research Fellow, Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation Faculty of Arts , Deakin University