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.
|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|
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