Searching for coherence from Viet Nam to Sweden

Searching for coherence from Viet Nam to Sweden Purpose – This study seeks to capture the lived experiences of five refugees making the transition from Viet Nam to Sweden. It seeks to focus on the problems of integration in Swedish society. Design/methodology/approach – The research took a narrative approach by asking questions about the ways in which refugees make sense of the multiple and sometimes dramatic changes that exile involves. The interpretation procedure was performed in three recurring phases: naïve reading, thematic structural analysis and comprehensive understanding. Findings – In the structural analyses, three sub‐themes were abstracted: in the hands of authorities/forced to leave home; regarded as uneducated and untrained; and lack of balance. These sub‐themes show a situation that could be interpreted by the concept of sense of coherence (SOC). The comprehensive understanding shows that the prerequisites for a stable SOC are unsatisfactory. Practical implications – The study reported here implies that there is a need for changes in integration policy. In an integrated society, individuals should be met with a policy that aims to empower and takes into consideration the lived experiences and different components that work together to create an SOC. Originality/value – The contribution from this research is the combination of qualitative data, the theory about SOC, and the description of the edifice of SOC. This combination helps to understand and explain the essence of the respondents' lived experiences. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care Emerald Publishing

Searching for coherence from Viet Nam to Sweden

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2011 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1747-9894
DOI
10.1108/17479891111196140
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Abstract

Purpose – This study seeks to capture the lived experiences of five refugees making the transition from Viet Nam to Sweden. It seeks to focus on the problems of integration in Swedish society. Design/methodology/approach – The research took a narrative approach by asking questions about the ways in which refugees make sense of the multiple and sometimes dramatic changes that exile involves. The interpretation procedure was performed in three recurring phases: naïve reading, thematic structural analysis and comprehensive understanding. Findings – In the structural analyses, three sub‐themes were abstracted: in the hands of authorities/forced to leave home; regarded as uneducated and untrained; and lack of balance. These sub‐themes show a situation that could be interpreted by the concept of sense of coherence (SOC). The comprehensive understanding shows that the prerequisites for a stable SOC are unsatisfactory. Practical implications – The study reported here implies that there is a need for changes in integration policy. In an integrated society, individuals should be met with a policy that aims to empower and takes into consideration the lived experiences and different components that work together to create an SOC. Originality/value – The contribution from this research is the combination of qualitative data, the theory about SOC, and the description of the edifice of SOC. This combination helps to understand and explain the essence of the respondents' lived experiences.

Journal

International Journal of Migration, Health and Social CareEmerald Publishing

Published: Aug 15, 2011

Keywords: Refugees; Viet Nam; Sweden; Integration policy; Sense of coherence; Narratives

References

  • Narratives of the past and present: young refugees' construction of a family identity in exile
    Bek‐Pedersen, K.; Montgomery, E.
  • Quality of life among Iranian refugees resettled in Sweden
    Ghazinour, M.; Richter, J.; Eisemann, M.
  • A phenomenological hermeneutical method for researching lived experience
    Lindseth, A.; Norberg, A.
  • Hazardous alcohol consumption and sense of coherence in emergency department patients with minor trauma
    Neuner, B.; Miller, P.; Maulhardt, A.; Weiss‐Gerlach, E.; Neumann, T.; Lau, A.; Brähler, E.; Helmert, U.; Haas, N.; Müller, J.M.; Wernecke, K‐D.; Spies, C.
  • Sense of coherence: definition and explanation
    Olsson, M.; Hansson, K.; Lundblad, A‐M.; Cederblad, M.

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