Integration of African Refugee Women into the Fargo-Moorhead Community
Owino, Jonix Atieno
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African refugee women (ARW) flee from their home countries due to civil unrest, war, fear of being persecuted, nationality, and membership of a particular social group or political opinion. They migrate to Western countries such as the United States in search of a safe haven. However, limited studies have been conducted to unveil how the women transition into the new societies. This thesis brings into perspective the background experiences and integration stories of the African Refugee Women in form of a testimonio realized through in-depth interview. The women’s narratives revealed challenges they encounter in integration, including English proficiency, lack of connection with the natives, transportation limitations, family dynamics, and cultural differences amongst ARW. The study presents avenues for realizing successful integration as articulated by the women and these include female only activities, changes in leadership, supporting already existing projects started by the ARW, and uniting activities in the community.