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Exploration of the life histories and future of war-wounded Salvadoran and Iranian Kurd quota refugees in Sweden: A qualitative approach
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Department of Health and Society, Division of Preventive and Social Medicine and Public Health Science. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, FHVC - Folkhälsovetenskapligt centrum, Socialmed FHVC.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6049-5402
2003 (English)In: International Journal of Social Welfare, ISSN 1369-6866, Vol. 12, no 2, 142-153 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study explores the life histories of ten Salvadoran and twelve Iranian Kurd refugees. Both groups came to Sweden as war-wounded quota refugees and their migration was forced. They had spent many years in guerilla movements and were experienced soldiers despite their youth. They were interviewed during hospitalisation shortly after arrival in Sweden, and followed-up after two years. The findings suggest that repatriation is a recurrent theme in the future plans of these refugees. The reconstruction of identity may take many forms due to a background as youth soldiers as well as their different experiences of the culture in the host country. Longitudinal studies of how refugees rebuild their lives are needed, and comprehensive analysis from different theoretical perspectives is a necessary complement to general adaptation models.

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2003. Vol. 12, no 2, 142-153 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-26298Local ID: 10815OAI: diva2:246846
Available from: 2009-10-08 Created: 2009-10-08 Last updated: 2013-09-05

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