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Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.1080/13691457.2019.1606787

‘If we want, they help us in any way’: how ‘unaccompanied refugee minors’ experience mentoring relationships

04 Mar 2021-European Journal of Social Work (Routledge)-Vol. 24, Iss: 2, pp 251-266
Abstract: Little is known about the growing phenomenon of ‘mentorship for “unaccompanied refugee minors”’. This article looks into one serious gap, based on a case study in Austria, asking: How do these youn...

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Topics: Refugee (55%), Mentorship (54%)

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Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.2196/15500
04 Feb 2020-
Abstract: Background: Mentoring programs (ie, programs that connect youths with adult volunteers) have been shown to improve outcomes across the behavioral, social, and academic domains of youth development. As in other European countries, mentoring programs have few traditions in Norway, where interventions for multicultural youths are usually profession driven and publicly funded. Faced with the risk of disparities in education and health, there is a need to better understand this group’s experiences and requirements relative to mentoring. This would also serve as a basis for designing and implementing digital support. Objective: The objective of this study was to gain insight into multicultural youth mentees’ and adult mentors’ experiences and needs in the context of an ongoing mentoring program, how digital support (electronic mentoring) might address these needs, and how such support could be designed and implemented. Methods: The study used a qualitative approach, with data from 28 respondents (21 mentees and 7 mentors). In total, 4 workshops with mentees as well as semistructured interviews with mentees and mentors were conducted. The sessions were audio recorded, transcribed, and analyzed thematically. Results: In total, 3 main themes were identified from the experiences and needs reported by the mentees and mentors. These included a need for connection, help in achieving goals, and the need for security and control. Subthemes encompassed a desire to socialize with others, balancing the nature of the relationship, paying it forward, building trust, sharing insights and information with peers, goal-oriented mentees and mentors wanting to assist with goal achievement, and the fundamental need for privacy and anonymity in the digital platform. Conclusions: The findings of this study are supported by the literature on traditional mentoring, while also offering suggestions for the design of digital solutions to supplement the in-person mentoring of multicultural youth. Suggestions include digital support for managing the mentee-mentor relationships, fostering social capital, and ways of ensuring security and control. Features of existing electronic health apps can be readily adapted to a mentoring program context, potentially boosting the reach and benefits of mentoring.

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Topics: E-mentoring (67%), Positive Youth Development (53%), eHealth (50%)

6 Citations

Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.17645/SI.V7I2.1969
Eberhard Raithelhuber1Institutions (1)
27 Jun 2019-Social Inclusion
Abstract: This article looks into a community-based mentoring programme for unaccompanied refugee minors (URMs), launched in 2015 at the peak of refugee movement in Austria. Leaning on a long-term ethnographic study, it sheds light on dynamic developments in refugee support through civic solidarity. The article proposes that examining the programme from the point of view of dialectic processes of organizing provides a better standpoint for asking what was produced on the programme and what influences those outcomes have had on more contentious political dimensions. Following this, the focus is concentrated on “loose coupling” within a pilot youth mentoring scheme. This reveals how inbuilt ambiguities were given structure, how rationality and indetermination were interdependently organized and how the uncertain was ascertained through mentor training and matching. Thus, unequal but personal relationships were brought about and stabilized. The particular institutionalization of “godparenthoods for URMs” offered possible ways of integrating various elements of a support system in a way which could provide better support than other relationships amongst strangers. I argue that these specific forms of loose coupling opened up a corridor in which aspects relating to the differential inclusion of young refugees were (re-)arranged through adults volunteering, but with mixed results.

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Topics: Youth mentoring (51%), Refugee (51%), Mentorship (50%)

5 Citations

Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.24384/3D5C-W176
Abstract: Integration of humanitarian migrants into the labour market is crucial for the long-term success of EU Member States. Previous research suggests that mentoring may be a viable labor market integration strategy. This paper tests the impact of mentoring among Arabic speaking humanitarian migrants in Germany, Greece and Italy. Results show that respondents who were mentored exhibited an increased probability of being employed, particularly when there was an educational component to the mentoring or when meaningful interpersonal connections were formed. This study provides first-hand evidence that mentoring promotes gainful employment as well as elucidates the pathways of its success.

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Topics: Gainful employment (56%), Market integration (55%)

4 Citations

Open accessDissertation
01 Jan 2016-
Topics: Refugee (56%)

2 Citations

Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.3390/HEALTHCARE9010013
24 Dec 2020-Healthcare
Abstract: This study examined the change processes associated with the Nightingale project, a community-based mentoring programme whose aim is to promote the social inclusion of minors of immigrant origin. A pre-test-post-test study was conducted on a group of 158 young immigrants between the ages of 8 and 15, in which the influence of the mentoring programme on the youths' psychosocial well-being was measured. Non-parametric tests were used to calculate the results before and after mentoring, comparing the results over a six-month period and controlling for sex and age. The analyses reflected associations between mentoring and improvements in specific aspects of the emotional well-being of young immigrants and highlighted the potential of mentorships to cushion the stressful events they are subjected to in the process of adapting to a new social reality.

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Topics: Youth mentoring (64%), Psychosocial (53%), Acculturation (51%)

1 Citations


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Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1016/B978-0-7506-7222-1.50005-2
Abstract: In this paper, the concept of social capital is introduced and illustrated, its forms are described, the social structural conditions under which it arises are examined, and it is used in an analys...

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Topics: Individual capital (72%), Social reproduction (67%), Financial capital (66%) ... read more

30,215 Citations

Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.1177/2158244014522633
Satu Elo1, Maria Kääriäinen2, Maria Kääriäinen1, Outi Kanste  +4 moreInstitutions (2)
11 Feb 2014-SAGE Open
Abstract: Qualitative content analysis is commonly used for analyzing qualitative data. However, few articles have examined the trustworthiness of its use in nursing science studies. The trustworthiness of q...

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Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1146/ANNUREV.AN.24.100195.002431
Abstract: This review offers a critical mappingo f the construction-in-progress of refugees and displacement as an anthropological domain of knowledge. It situates the emergence of “the refugee” and of “refugee studies” in two ways: first, historically, by looking at the management of displacement in Europe in the wake of World War II; and second, by tracing an array of different discursive and institutional domains within which “the refugee” and/or “being in exile” have been constituted. These domains include international law, international studies, documentary production by the United Nations and other international refugee agencies, development studies, and literary studies. The last part of the review briefly discusses recent work on displacement, diaspora, and deterritorialization in the context of studies of cultural identity, nationalism, transnational cultural forms—work that helps to conceptualize the anthropological study of displacement in new ways.

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Topics: Refugee (64%), International studies (56%), Diaspora (55%) ... read more

1,162 Citations

Open accessBook
01 Jan 1988-
Abstract: PREFACE INTRODUCTION PART I. NARRATIVE REALITY 1. Stories in Society 2. Forms of Analysis 3. Into the Field PART II. NARRATIVE WORK 4. Activation 5. Linkage 6. Composition 7. Performance 8. Collaboration 9. Control PART III. NARRATIVE ENVIRONMENTS 10. Close Relationships 11. Local Culture 12. Status 13. Jobs 14. Organizations 15. Intertextuality PART IV. NARRATIVE ADEQUACY 16. What Is a Good Story? 17. Who Is a Good Storyteller? AFTERWORD REFERENCES

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Topics: Narrative structure (67%), Narrative inquiry (66%), Narrative criticism (65%) ... read more

679 Citations

Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2013.723253
Nina Glick Schiller1, Noel B. Salazar2Institutions (2)
Abstract: Mobility studies emerged from a postmodern moment in which global ‘flows’ of capital, people and objects were increasingly noted and celebrated. Within this new scholarship, categories of migrancy are all seen through the same analytical lens. This article and Regimes of Mobility: Imaginaries and Relationalities of Power, the special issue of JEMS it introduces, build on, as well as critique, past and present studies of mobility. In so doing, this issue challenges conceptual orientations built on binaries of difference that have impeded analyses of the interrelationship between mobility and stasis. These include methodological nationalism, which counterpoises concepts of internal and international movement and native and foreigner, and consequently normalises stasis. Instead, the issue offers a regimes of mobility framework that addresses the relationships between mobility and immobility, localisation and transnational connection, experiences and imaginaries of migration, and rootedness and cosmopolitan o...

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