Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The Road to Refugee Resettlement

The questions asked really made me think. Why had they left their ancestral home? What did their status as refugees mean and how did they get it? How had they managed to come to the United States? How would a people raised as cattle herders adapt to U.S. urban settings? How would they maintain a relationship with the families they left behind?

Before reading the chapter i really never understood the word refugees.

Refugees according to dictionary.com = a person who flees for refuge or safety, esp. to a foreign country, as in time of political upheaval, war, etc.

Immigrant according to dictionary.com = a person who migrates to another country, usually for permanent residence.

so to be a refugee your escaping something or someone. You have a different kind of motivation as an immigrant. My mother wasn't born here she came here as an immigrant. Even though the difference between the two isn't huge a refugee seems to be a little bit stronger than an immigrant, for the fact that they are escaping. Have you ever been put it a situation where the best choice was to escape? That scares me.

Shandy, Dianna. “The Road to Refugee Resettlement.” Conformity and Conflict. Pearson 2008. pp. 151-160

2 comments:

  1. yea it is scary when your put in a situation when the best choice was to run away. I heard stories from my mom and grandmother that made me see how strong they were to face thoses hardships.

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  2. The definitions within the ethnography are much more credible than the sources you got outside the text to consult. There was something new to be learned in it.

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