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Department of Sociology

Sociology Department Staff

Publication details for Dr Caitlin Nunn

Nunn, Caitlin, Gifford, Sandra M., McMichael, Celia & Correa-Velez, Ignacio (2017). Navigating precarious terrains: Reconceptualising refugee youth settlement. Refuge: Canada's Journal on Refugees 33(2): 45-55.

Author(s) from Durham


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.