Social connection, (im)material gains and experiences of inclusion of asylum seekers’ and refugees’ volunteering in Glasgow

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Abstract

Volunteering is an activity based on a non-profit idea of engagement in productive transactions. This paper examines why and how asylum seekers’ and refugees’ (ASRs) partake in volunteering focusing particularly on the everyday, mundane experiences of volunteering and the role of the material and financial gains as part of it. Data is drawn from 30 interviews conducted with ASRs from 15 countries residing in Glasgow, 20 interviews with the third sector and state agency staff, and supplemented by participant observation conducted in third sector organisations involved in ASRs’ integration and settlement. Despite the individual and situational differences, volunteering appeals to ASRs as it enables them to gain familiarity with and social connectivity in their new environs as well as supplements subsistence needs, providing material and financial benefits. These mundane and seemingly secondary gains from volunteering consist of the flesh of the otherwise abstract processes of inclusion, due to the symbolic and logistic significance they have in the ASRs’ lives.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of International Migration and Integration
Early online date11 Aug 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 11 Aug 2022

Keywords

  • asylum seekers
  • refugees
  • volunteering
  • Everyday life
  • materialities
  • inclusion

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