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Into the mind of a war refugee : an ethnography of refugees from Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina concerning the integration system in the Netherlands between 1995 and 2007

Verlasevic, Sumedin (2019) Into the mind of a war refugee : an ethnography of refugees from Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina concerning the integration system in the Netherlands between 1995 and 2007.

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Abstract:This thesis explores the lives of powerless victims from Srebrenica who specifically sought refuge in the Netherlands between 1995 and 2000. In this vein, the paper’s main research question asked, ‘how can the perceptions and experiences of refugees from Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina regarding the integration system in the Netherlands between 1995 and 2007 be explained?’. This question is constructed from the desire to understand the relationship between the Dutch system-world and the specific Srebrenican life-world. While the system-world includes policymakers and the implementation of the refugee integration system, the life-world presents the lived refugee experiences concerning this system. Herewith, a document analysis was employed to contextualize the integration system and an ethnography by using semi-structured interviews was performed to gain insight into the life- world. The outcome of this research shows the presence of two separated and incoherent worlds. On the one hand the dominated and powerful system-world and on the other hand the powerless and submissive life-world.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Public Administration MSc (60020)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/77212
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