Investigating the information gaps in refugee integration

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Refugee integration processes and systems are complex for refugees. They find them difficult to navigate and thus often end up disadvantaged. This paper presents the first set of findings from an ongoing information behavior research study into refugee integration. The study explores the situational experiences of refugees and asylum seekers engaging with the integration processes and systems through individual semi-structured interviews. Dervin’s sense-making methodology was used to elicit the information gaps. The findings reveals refused asylum situation during integration and highlight information needs embedded in processes and systems of refugee integration. The results have implications for reducing the complexity of service provision during refugee integration. In addition, the approach expands previous studies and highlights the depth a situational investigation can bring to information behaviour studies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)308-317
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology
Volume54
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 24 Oct 2017
EventASIS&T Annual Meeting 2017 - Washington, United States

    Research areas

  • human information behaviour, refugee integration, sense-making, situational information behaviour, information seeking and use, asylum seekers

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