Australian Journal of Anthropology Resettlement challenges and dilemmas: An in-depth case study of Bhutanese refugee women in Australia

Type
Journal
Authors
Parajuli ( Jamuna Parajuli )
Avgoulas ( Maria-Irini Avgoulas )
 
Category
Immigration  [ Browse Items ]
Publication Year
2019 
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Volume
doi: 10.1111/taja.12334 
Pages
15 p. 
Abstract
n this paper, the perceptions of Bhutanese refugee women were explored in relation to their changing identity and their behavioural responses in the use of preventive health services following resettlement. Interviews with 30 Bhutanese refugee women in Melbourne revealed resettlement drivers, challenges and dilemmas. There was no option for women other than resettlement, women wanted to escape from bad conditions and hopes for a better future for their children was critical in their thinking. Resettlement introduced new unexpected challenges including cultural discontinuity, changed dependency and a sense of not belonging. Dilemmas were apparent in their experiences including: despondency and contentment, gratitude and regret; and identifying as either Australian or refugee. Motherhood was important to women in this study and was challenged by changed dependency with their children in resettlement. Challenges of cultural discontinuity included the impact of communication difficulties and illiteracy and the absence of social connections with neighbours. A better understanding of how changing identities of women interact should lead to more effective strategies including tailored programs and activities. 
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