Journal article

'I came to this country for a better life': factors mediating employment trajectories among young people who migrated to Australia as refugees during adolescence

Caitlin Nunn, Celia McMichael, Sandra M Gifford, Ignacio Correa-Velez

Journal of Youth Studies | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2014

Abstract

Located at the intersection of two vulnerable groups in the contemporary labour market, young people who migrate as refugees during adolescence face a unique constellation of opportunities and challenges that shape their employment trajectories. Yet, the tendency for research to focus on the early years of refugee settlement means that we have an inadequate understanding of the factors that mediate their employment decisions, experiences and outcomes. Based on interviews with 51 young people, this article explores how aspirations, responsibilities, family, education and networks are understood to influence the employment trajectories of adolescent refugee migrants. While this article draws a..

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