Young Somalis in Australia, the UK and the USA: an understanding of their identity and their sense of belonging
Publisher© 2014 Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs.
AuthorKabir, Nahid Afrose
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CitationKabir, N. A. (2014). Young somalis in australia, the UK and the USA: An understanding of their identity and their sense of belonging. Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, 34(3), 259-281. doi:10.1080/13602004.2014.939556
The civil war in Somalia forced many Somalis to migrate to other countries where they had to adapt to new cultures and learn new languages. At the same time, they retained the identity and culture that were important to them throughout the process of migration. These first-generation Somali immigrants may feel strong allegiance to their country of origin along with a “sense of belonging” to their clan/kinship. They may also hope that one day they will be able to return “home”. But do second-generation Somalis feel the same way? This paper is based on 23 interviews with Somali immigrants in Australia, the UK and the USA. Out of the 23 participants, two were first-generation and the rest were second-generation. I seek to understand the participants’ identity and their sense of belonging to their ethnicity and host country in the wake of pertinent moments of local, national and international anxiety.