Social-integration courses serve as a bridging function for migrants by increasing peer support and life learning opportunities: Social-integration courses serve as a bridging function for migrants by increasing peer support and life learning opportunities

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Although migration and people’s encounters with other cultures are significant life events, factors that influence migrants’ relationships with host countries remain understudied. This study examined the socio-cultural integration of Turkish-speaking migrants in Belgium from their perspective, using a holistic approach for participants to share their stories. Fifty-nine Turkish-speaking migrants with different religious, national, and regional backgrounds who attended common classes in a (mixed) social integration course in Antwerp participated in the study. They were subdivided into six focus groups for interviews, which allowed participants to deconstruct their knowledge of local people, their subjective beliefs, and prejudices that separated them from other cultures. We found the focus-group interviews to be valuable interventions in the integration process. The study recommends that those who organise integration courses for migrants should approach this process with kindness, empathy, and an open mind.
Originele taal-2English
Artikelnummer3106
Pagina's (van-tot)79-94
Aantal pagina's16
TijdschriftTransnational Education Review (TER)
Volume1
Nummer van het tijdschrift2
DOI's
StatusPublished - 1 nov 2023

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Emel Kiliç:

ORCID ID 0000-0002-1665-5672

PhD researcher Emel Kılıç studied at Marmara University’s Early Childhood Education-Preliminary School Teaching Department. Subsequently, she completed her postgraduate education at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, at the Faculty of Psychology and Education, specifically in the sociocultural area at the adult training department. She is currently working on a PhD on migration and integration, and she is continuing her postgraduate education in clinical psychology. Apart from science and research, Emel is also interested in literature and creative writing. She has published a children’s book and poetry book.

Wolfgang Jacquet:
ORCID ID 0000-0002-1245-6297

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Jacquet is an applied mathematician and bio-statistician at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Additionally, he is the bio-statistics area coordinator for the Belgian Federal Agency for Medicines and Health Products and a member of the European Medicine Agency expert community. He is a co-founder of Localities Ontologies Commons Integrated. His major scientific interest is education, and the application of statistics and development of measurement systems, both practical and theoretical.

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