Outbraving Forced Displacements in Colombia and Central America: Trajectories of Asylum and Resettlement in Canada

  • Author / Creator
    Mosquera Garcia, Maria, F.
  • In my thesis, I analyze how people who experienced forced displacement in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Colombia account the emigration conditions in their home countries and their immigration process in Canada. Throughout a narrative and an experiential approach, I examine the migration journeys of at least two family members of three different familial groups (sixteen participants in total). In the first chapter, I portray my participants’ experiences of forced displacement in relation to the social, historical, and political conditions that forged their emigration processes and their asylum claim outside of Canada. I emphasize how the constantly changing events in Colombia and Central America pushed this group of people to move to different temporary institutionalized and non-institutionalized asylum locations. In the second chapter, I sketch how my participants’ resettlement stories portray processes of reconfiguration of identities that are shaped by the time, place and age of arrival; ‘culture shock’; language proficiency; family roles and structure of their family unit, as well as their premigration experiences. I aim to trace how multiple background variables affect this group of immigrants’ processes of adaptation and integration in the Canadian environment where they eventually live.

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    Spring 2021
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    Master of Arts
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