The book is distinctive in combining theoretical discussion on the role of networks, resources and social capital with fieldwork evidence and interviews with members of RCOs, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and statutory authorities. It critically examines the impact of dispersal and current legislative change on refugee communities and RCOs; explores the integrative role of RCOs; assesses the race relations framework in Britain and its effects on refugee organisations and provides a thorough and up-to-date literature review.
Refugee community organisations and dispersal is essential reading for practitioners and policy makers, academics, researchers and students of social policy, social geography, sociology and politics. Members of NGOs working with refugees or in local government, community workers and members of refugee communities themselves will also be keenly interested in the book. Comparative issues raised by the research will be of direct interest to readers in other countries.
Dr David Griffiths is a Research Fellow at Oxford Brookes University. His research interests include British and European asylum policy. Nando Sigona, is a Research Associate at Oxford Brookes University. His research interests include Roma refugees in Europe. Professor Roger Zetter is Deputy Head in the Department of Planning, Oxford Brookes University. His research interests include refugees and public policy.
Introduction; Refugee community organisations: paradigms and perspectives; Dispersal: policy and practice; Refugee community organisations in London: consolidation and competition; The institutional and policy framework in the regions; The development of RCOs in the regions; Dispersal, RCOs and refugee communities; Conclusions.