Confronting State Barriers to Grassroots Refugee Resettlement and Community-Building Initiatives

Sallie Anna Steiner (Independent)

Despite unprecedented numbers of displaced people around the world, many nations are curtailing the rights of refugees by segregating them from civil society, separating them from family and community, and limiting their access to cultural expression and exchange. Local resettlement programs and community groups working with refugees have been severely impacted by policies making it more dangerous and difficult for vulnerable people to seek safety. Drawing from research and grassroots work with refugees in Norway and the United States, this paper discusses state barriers to refugee community-building and explores strategies for coping with, resisting, and moving beyond anti-refugee governmental policies.

Part of 64-02 Community Building: Barriers and Breakthroughs, Saturday, October 23, 2:00 pm–3:30 pm