• Lisanne Kotkiewicz Henriksen
4. term, Social Work, Master (Master Programme)
This thesis is based on an event called Humanitære Folkevandringer, held by Red Cross, in Svendborg 29th / 2 2016. The purpose of the event, Humanitære Folkevandringer, was to create relationships between refugees and local citizens from the city. The event was about, that the refugees from asylum centres nearby, and the locals, went for an 8 km. walk, where an explorative talk, should create a space for reflection and new perspectives, that formed the basis for dialogue.

The aim of the thesis was to examine the challenges and potential of a Humanitarian walk, in relation to the inclusion and integration of newly arrived refugees in Denmark.
I found inspiration in the theoretical perspective, interactionism, to clarify what happened in the interaction between refugees and local citizens. I have used qualitative method, including participant observations and interviews with participants of the event, to gain insight to what happened in the interaction between the refugees and the local citizens during the humanitarian walk.

To analyse the empirical data, I used Erving Goffman's dramaturgy, Richard Jenkins theory of social identity, identification and categorization, and Georg Simmel's theory of the stranger.
By locating the purposes of the humanitarian walk, and the participant’s main reasons to attend, I have described the norm of proper behaviour, and used that knowledge to describe the execution of the participants' performances during the humanitarian walk.
Jenkins identity theory is used to analyse what impact the participation in the humanitarian walk, had on the refugees' self-identification.

I found that the humanitarian walk had the potential to create a socially inclusive community, in terms of generating a group identity, among all participants involved in the event's execution, which demanded more equal conversations between the participating refugees and locals.
The event had further potential to provide a greater coherence between the refugee’s inner self-identification and external identifications.
In several contexts the refugees reproduced their roles as the newly arrived and the locals reproduces their roles as the hosts, which I consider as a challenge for inclusion. However it is a potential relative to integration, since this opened the possibility for the refugees to relate to, and acquire the locals' cultural and normative standards, which in several cases they did
The event also led to integration challenges, because the refugees in some cases did not try to adapt to the locals' normative order, which resulted in an overwhelming experience for one of the local participants.

Publication date31 Jul 2016
Number of pages99
ID: 237933785