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The impact of negative appreciations on the integration of refugees in the Netherlands

Veldhuizen, J.R (2018) The impact of negative appreciations on the integration of refugees in the Netherlands.

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Abstract:Since 2015, a lot of refugees from among others Syria and Eritrea came to the Netherlands. This is also referred to as the “refugee crisis”. In times of crises, everyone has an opinion, and is not afraid to express this opinion. Besides all the research about these opinions and the causes of these opinions, the question remains what effect it has on the refugees and their integration process. This research answers the question: “How do the refugees in the Netherlands perceive and appreciate the opinions of the Dutch community and what consequences do negative opinions have on the willingness to integrate?”. It has been hypothesized that when confronted with negative opinions, refugees’ willingness to integrate is not affected. To answer the research question, refugees have been interviewed about how they perceive and appreciate these opinions, and how it affects their willingness to integrate. The interviews are analyzed with the help of critical discourse analysis, in which the focus lies on different themes relevant for this research. The result of the critical discourse analysis indicates that the refugees’ willingness to integrate is not affected by negative opinions, due to a pragmatic way of framing their emotions. The outcome of this research will be relevant for both sides, for the refugees, as well as for the Dutch host community, as it can improve the integration process.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:71 sociology, 88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
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