About the project
This study aims to understand the aspirations and experiences of female refugees in regards to their integration, in particular in the Norwegian labour market with a specific focus on the role of religion in this process. Employment is an essential element in refugees’ integration in the host country. In particular, employment leads to not only being economically self-sustainable, but it attributes self-esteem and contributes to enhancing social networks. Refugees are active agents in their integration process, despite the barriers they encounter they are still able to use their resources to shape their lives as they desire to within the structural restrictions. Therefore, it is essential to examine the aspirations of migrants and refugees as linked to their motivations and agency in integrating in Norway and its labour market.
For this reason female refugees will be interviewed while they are in the reception centre to comprehend what their aspirations on their future in Norway are as well as the role that religion plays in their everyday lives as refugees. The same group of women will be followed up after one or two years once they are settled in the assigned municipalities. This time I will examine whether and how their aspirations have changed and what factors have been involved as well as which experiences they may have already had with integration at that stage. The purpose of this project is to bring out the voices of female refugees, voices that are rarely heard and of whose’ experiences we rarely know much about and understand what factors need to be taken into consideration for their integration to be more successful than it has been until the date.
Master in Migration and Intercultural Relations (EMMIR), University of Oldenburg and University of Stavanger