Manchester Metropolitan University's Research Repository

Navigating precarious terrains: Reconceptualizing refugee youth settlement

Nunn, C and Gifford, SM and McMichael, C and Correa-Velez, I (2017) Navigating precarious terrains: Reconceptualizing refugee youth settlement. Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, 33 (2). pp. 45-55. ISSN 0229-5113


Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial.

Download (1MB) | Preview


Settlement is widely understood as the final stage of the refugee journey: a durable solution to forced displacement and a stable environment in which former refugees can rebuild their lives. However, settlement is shaped by rapidly changing socio-political forces producing contingent, unpredictable, and even hostile environments. This article draws upon Vigh’s concept of social navigation to reconceptualize settlement as a continuation of a fraught journey in which refugee settlers must continually seek new strategies to pursue viable futures. We illustrate with an in-depth case study of the settlement journey of one refugee-background young man over his first eight years in Melbourne, Australia.

Impact and Reach


Activity Overview

Additional statistics for this dataset are available via IRStats2.

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item