Senior Honors Projects, 2010-current

Preferred Name - First Author

Brannon, Elizabeth

Date of Award

Spring 2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department

Department of Political Science

Advisor(s)

Melinda Adams, Ph.D.

Debbie Sturm, Ph.D.

Jennifer Byrne, Ph.D.

Abstract

There are currently 21.3 million refugees worldwide, who have been driven from their homes and are searching for a new life. The current refugee crisis has created a sense of controversy over the integration of refugees, making it further imperative to determine what leads to effective integration of refugees into host societies and how organizations can aid in this process. To determine these factors, I completed field research in Malta and Harrisonburg, Virginia, interviewing a total of ten refugee organizations. In this study, I explore the how community connections, adaptability, and funding constraints determine the effectiveness of organizations in aiding refugees in integration. I determine that there is no clear mold of “success,” as that each organization fills a specific gap in the refugee services continuum, but that the local organizations that serve through programming and have high levels of adaptability are able to aid in the most levels of integration.

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