’Beyond Words and Rhetoric – Small Voluntary Organisations and Effective Refugee Integration in the Communities

Hack-polay, Dieu and Igwe, Paul (2018) ’Beyond Words and Rhetoric – Small Voluntary Organisations and Effective Refugee Integration in the Communities. Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy . ISSN 1750-6204

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Abstract

Integration is a complex, contested and multidimensional concept. This paper examines the impact of small voluntary agencies (SVA) in the integration of refugees into social, economic and citizenship structures in the United Kingdom (UK).
This study is rooted in in-depth interviews with 20 participants and a case study (ethnography research) that focuses on a refugee-assisting organisation in Southeast England.
Our findings reveal cases of exemplary leadership in actions and social solidarity exhibited by SVA through innovative actions aimed at helping individuals and communities which may be particularly disadvantaged. It revealed the mixed embeddedness that these agencies create that enable refugees to pursue a new life, employment and citizenship.
One of the limitations of the study is the focus on one case study. However, this provided an opportunity to conduct in-depth interviews and examination of the research objectives.
With the ever-decreasing government revenues, there is evidence of the tremendous achievement of the voluntary sector (VS) in many endeavours in the community. This provides an opportunity for a more strategic partnership between public and private actors.
This study provides the opportunity to explore the relatively under-research and under-publicized role of SVA in the migrants and refugee literature.

Keywords:Refugee integration, Voluntary organisations, Social integration, Inclusive entrepreneurship, Inclusive communities
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N200 Management studies
L Social studies > L300 Sociology
L Social studies > L330 Ethnic studies
L Social studies > L150 Political Economics
N Business and Administrative studies > N211 Strategic Management
L Social studies > L900 Others in Social studies
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:34552
Deposited On:14 Feb 2019 12:58

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