Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Prospect of Labor Integration: Somali Mainers in Housekeeping, Caregiving, and Farming
by Abdi, Yusuf, M.A., University of Massachusetts Lowell, 2019, 93; 13880177
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis observes what factors led Somali Mainers to integrate into the labor force as housekeepers, caregivers, and farmers. This question is important and reveals how refugees revive local economies. This thesis analyzes data from semi-structured interviews with 15 female Somali-Mainers about their life stories and experience in the United States. The goal of this research is to discover the social and economic factors that helped these Somali refugees to integrate into the United States, such as the participants’ employment, English proficiency, legal status, identity, and belonging.  However, the findings indicate that the participant’s jobs stated above were in high demand in the state of Maine. In addition, employment gave the participants full dignity and income. This thesis reveals the importance of social peace development which requires accepting the coexistence of different cultures.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Shields, Thomas Piñeros
Commitee: Llewellyn, Cheryl, Turcotte, David
School: University of Massachusetts Lowell
Department: Peace & Conflict Studies
School Location: United States -- Massachusetts
Source: MAI 58/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Labor economics, Peace Studies
Publication Number: 13880177
ISBN: 978-1-392-26524-6
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