How does the experience of living in a temporary settlement affect the sense of belonging of the refugees into the Danish community? Non-Places, belonging of refugees in temporary settlement

Katrine Agnethe Bjerregaard Christensen, Thor Stentebjerg Kruse, Baluganti Eva, Virginia Ines Catena, Filippos Pappas & Eva Cossette-Laneville

Student thesis: Basic Project

Abstract

The project explores ‘how does the experience of living in a temporary settlement affect the sense of belonging of refugees into the Danish community?’. Our data collection is based on informal interviews we performed on several visits to the temporary settlement, for refugees, ‘Hvidtslot’ in Zealand, Denmark. The group of refugees being portrayed are male and Syrian, their stories are the foundation of our findings. Through the theory of ‘non-places - introduction to an anthropology of supermodernity’ by Marc Augé we explore the mechanisms that are meant to help the refugees integrate into the Danish society and how these are interpreted and experienced by this group of refugees. How they negotiate their identities in this new context they have found themselves in. We unravel the challenges that are faced, under the current circumstances, by these refugees and how these precedents prevent them from belonging and thus integrating.

EducationsBasic - International Bachelor Study Programme in Humanities, (Bachelor Programme) Bachelor
LanguageEnglish
Publication date29 May 2017
Number of pages48
SupervisorsPrem Poddar

Keywords

  • refugee
  • belonging
  • non-place
  • denmark