Social Networks, Belonging and Active Citizenship among Migrant Youth in Australia
An investigation into the role of formal and informal networks in creating among migrant youth a sense of belonging to the mainstream society
- Professor Fethi Mansouri, Deakin University
- Professor Zlatko Skrbis, Monash University
- Dr Steve Francis, The Australian Red Cross
- Ms Carmel Guerra, Centre for Multicultural Youth
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This ARC Linkage project brought together researchers from Deakin University and Monash University, with industry partners from the Australian Red Cross and the Centre for Multicultural Youth to investigate the role of formal and informal networks in creating among migrant youth a sense of belonging to the mainstream society.
The project focused on youth from three Australian migrant communities at the centre of recent debates about migrant integration, intercultural conflict and social cohesion. The team redress a critical gap in popular and official understandings of the social fabric of Australia and will provide benchmark data for improved government and community services in the area of migrant youth. Further, the project examined and assessed the role of social networks in informing young people's sense of belonging and active participation in the community of citizens.