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Settlement and employment experiences of South Sudanese people from refugee backgrounds in Melbourne, Australia

Australasian Review of African Studies, The
Volume 37 Issue 2 (Dec 2016)

Abstract: This article critically examines the settlement experiences of South Sudanese people from refugee backgrounds living in Melbourne, Australia, with a particular focus on unemployment and barriers to employment. Drawing on extensive primary data collected through semi-structured interviews with 20 South Sudanese Australians, the article demonstrates how unemployment features centrally in participants' narratives and appreciation of their settlement in Australia. Participants relate unemployment to issues such as social isolation, family breakdown, and intergenerational conflict, and foreground discrimination as a key barrier to employment. We reflect on these findings by discussing suggestions for future policy and practice in the area of refugee settlement and employment.

To cite this article: Abur, William and Spaaij, Ramon. Settlement and employment experiences of South Sudanese people from refugee backgrounds in Melbourne, Australia [online]. Australasian Review of African Studies, The, Vol. 37, No. 2, Dec 2016: 107-128. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=420358275810589;res=IELNZC> ISSN: 1447-8420. [cited 28 Jun 17].

Personal Author: Abur, William; Spaaij, Ramon; Source: Australasian Review of African Studies, The, Vol. 37, No. 2, Dec 2016: 107-128 DOI: Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1447-8420 Subject: Refugees--Employment; Interviewing--Data processing; Refugees--Social life and customs; Unemployment--Economic aspects; Land settlement; Discrimination in employment; Affiliation: (1) Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living,Victoria University, email: william.abur@live.vu.edu.au
(2) Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living and Centre for Cultural Diversity and Wellbeing, Victoria University; and Department of Sociology, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, email: ramon.spaaij@vu.edu.au

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