Towards a conceptual framework for understanding the challenges in refugee re-settlement

Almohamed, Asam, Talhouk, Reem and Vyas, Dhaval (2022) Towards a conceptual framework for understanding the challenges in refugee re-settlement. Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, 6 (GROUP). p. 37. ISSN 2573-0142

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Upon arrival to a host community, refugees and asylum seekers face immense challenges to rebuild their social capital that is critical in the process of their resettlement. Developing a holistic understanding of these challenges can provide significant opportunities to inform designers and services providers working with this demography. We adopt the lens of social capital coupled with an inquiry in to the heterogeneity of refugees and asylum seekers to gain a holistic understanding of various challenges that they with. We accordingly present a conceptual framework that has been iteratively built based on our four years of engagement with refugee communities. The framework highlights three important aspects: cultural backdrops, displacement-related stressor, and social resources in the host community. We offer several implications for technology design, policies, and the theory of social capital that can support members from these communities in their resettlement.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Group 2022: The ACM International Conference on Supporting Group Work, Virtual, 23-26 Jan 2022
Uncontrolled Keywords: Refugees and Asylum Seekers (RAS), Social Capital, HCI, Framework
Subjects: W200 Design studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
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Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2021 14:21
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2022 13:45

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