Social capital and the career adaptability of refugees

Karen Dunwoodie, Susan Webb, Jane Wilkinson, Alexander Newman

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This study examines how people from refugee and asylum-seeking backgrounds draw on their social capital to develop their career adaptability. To examine this issue, we drew on interview data from twenty-five people based in Melbourne, Australia, who have sought asylum between 2008 and 2016. The present study examines the influence of different dimensions of social capital on individuals’ career adaptability. Findings revealed that a more nuanced understanding of linking, bridging and bonding social capital is needed when exploring the career adaptability resources of refugees and people seeking asylum. In particular, important differences were identified between engaging with a social network and trusting a social network.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Migration
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020

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