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Private Refugee Sponsorship Groups as Sites of Adult Learning
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 40 credits / 60 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Canada’s response to the Syrian refugee crisis includes a unique program where private citizens can raise funds to sponsor a refugee family. This private refugee sponsorship program tasks citizens with both the financial and social aspects of a refugee’s integration for their first year in Canada. The success of the program has led many other countries, particularly in Europe, to consider adopting a similar approach. Although there has been an increased interest in the program, there is a lack of research into the sponsorship experience. This study aims to provide further insight into the sponsorship experience by studying whether it includes an element of learning for the sponsors. This was done by conducting in-depth interviews and analyzing them based on situated learning theory and placing the results in the context of previous research done on sponsors in Canada during the Kosovo crisis. The principle findings of this study show that private refugee sponsorship groups are indeed sites of adult learning for the sponsors. However, the degree to which this is the case differs depending on how sponsorship groups are positioned vis-à-vis the refugee family and the professional settlement community.

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2017. , p. 51
Keywords [en]
Syrian refugee crisis, Canada’s private refugee sponsorship program, sponsorship experience, sponsor’s learning, situated learning, communities of practice, informal learning, learning in CSO, active citizenship, local and global learning, cultural learning
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Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-138971ISRN: LIU-IBL/IMPALGC-A—17/004-SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-138971DiVA, id: diva2:1116024
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Intercontinental Master´s Programme in Adult Learning and Global Change
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Available from: 2017-06-28 Created: 2017-06-27 Last updated: 2017-06-28Bibliographically approved

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