What happens when young people originating from conflict zones grow up in a different country? To what extent do they have a tendency to live with people coming from the same area? Does it entail a danger of propagating conflict to their host society? How could policy makers better evaluate this risk and respond adequately?
This project proposes to answer these questions by studying the habits and world views of young people originating from war-torn countries but living in Finland and Canada, two countries having very different immigration histories and thus offering a good view on how immigrant communities or diasporas actually work, how they are created or sustained. Focusing on youth’s ways of seeing their own identity and their relations to their surroundings, the research intends to gain novel information valuable to policy makers and associative actors alike to face the challenge of multiculturalism.