REsilience and SOlidarity in intercultural encounters between displaced migrants and host society members. An ego-centered NETwork approach.
As exemplified by the continuing displacement of people in various regions of the world (e.g., Syria, Venezuela, Afghanistan) and recently the war in Ukraine, a growing number of people are seeking international protection. It is thus urgent to consider how to facilitate their adaptation to host countries. The migration trajectories of asylum seekers and refugees (i.e., displaced migrants) are often marked by the breakdown of relationships, the loss of social support, and the accumulation of social exclusions. At the intersection of social, cultural, and political psychology, the RESONET project uses an egocentric social network approach and examines proximal social environments as spaces that enable resilience in displaced migrants, while supporting the engagement of host society members in solidarity actions on behalf of displaced migrants. Combining data collected in this project with existing data, three research teams in Belgium and Switzerland examine how intercultural ties between displaced migrants and members of the host society are created and maintained.
The project is divided into three research axis examining:
The development of asylum seekers' networks and their impact on social support and psychosocial adjustment in reception centers.
The effects of the composition and structure of networks and the norms conveyed by them on intentions to engage in solidarity actions towards migrants among non-mobilized people.
The optimal conditions of emerging intercultural ties during intergroup contact with refugees and volunteers engaged in mentoring programs.
Funded by WEAVE
Research Funding Without Borders