As a consequence of the financial crisis that affected the world economy from 2008 and onwards, the living conditions for African immigrants in Europe deteriorated. Many immigrants lost their jobs, and they started seeking towards new terrains. Many of these immigrants ended up living in the streets of Copenhagen, because they have trouble finding work and, as a result, cannot finance a place to live. This project examines how West African homeless immigrants navigate in the terrains, which are characterized by a great amount of uncertainty. The empirical data used for this project is based on interviews with five West African men living in Copenhagen, and an interview with Hanne Pedersen, manager of a night-open café for immigrants in Copenhagen. Moreover, fieldwork has been conducted to gain an understanding of the immigrants’ navigation in the city. Phenomenology has influenced our perspective on the conducted fieldwork throughout the project. The analysis is completed using theory on social navigation, everyday life and networking. We found that the immigrants employ various navigational strategies when coping with their living conditions in Copenhagen. Since they move under uncertain circumstances, they undertake different strategies to introduce structure into their lives. We came to learn that the social networks, in which the migrants figure, are of great importance for their coping. They stay in contact with their families back home, and establish relations on the basis of culture and geography with other West African immigrants living in Copenhagen. The immigrants are aware that they can achieve citizenship in Denmark if they marry a Danish woman, for which reason many are looking to get married. Moreover, we found that religion is one of the main navigational strategies for the immigrants when dealing with the uncertainty of their future. The immigrants highlighted their faith as a great importance for maintaining a hope for a brighter tomorrow. We acknowledge that the outcome of our research solely represents the particular immigrants that we have interviewed and understand that this research is a contribution to the field of migration studies.
|Uddannelser||Kultur- og Sprogmødestudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||10 jun. 2014|
- afrikanske migranter
- hjemløse migranter
- social navigation