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Young Asylum Seekers' Conceptions of ‘Home’ at a Time of Transition to Adulthood

Ala Sirriyeh (Department of Sociology, University of Leeds)

International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care

ISSN: 1747-9894

Article publication date: 1 June 2008

Abstract

This paper discusses findings from qualitative research exploring young asylum seekers' (aged 18‐25) definitions and experiences of ‘home’ and ‘belonging’ at a time of transition to adulthood and adjustment to life in a new country. Previous research on refugees and asylum seekers has focused largely on either children or adults, often failing to highlight the particular experiences of those in young adulthood. It will be argued that young asylum seekers of this age have specific needs and experiences associated with the dual transition they face, in both adapting to life in the UK and becoming adults, and the changing support network and entitlements available to them as they go through this process.

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Sirriyeh, A. (2008), "Young Asylum Seekers' Conceptions of ‘Home’ at a Time of Transition to Adulthood", International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care, Vol. 4 No. 1, pp. 12-27. https://doi.org/10.1108/17479894200800003

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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