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.
|Journal||Journal of International Migration and Integration|
|Early online date||11 Aug 2022|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - 11 Aug 2022|
- asylum seekers
- Everyday life