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‘Thrown into an ocean not knowing how to swim’: the temporalities of place-making among Ethiopian Australians in Melbourne

Authors: Goshu Tefera*, Monash University
Topics: Immigration/Transnationalism, Urban Geography, Africa
Keywords: Settlement, Place-making, Pace of life
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/9/2020
Start / End Time: 11:10 AM / 12:25 PM
Room: Virtual Track 2
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Recently, issues around temporality and migration have attracted Human Geographers. However, little attention has been paid to how refugee place-making is mediated by temporality. For many refugees who come from rural background, in addition to the predicaments of settling in a new country, navigating through unfamiliar urban temporalities is an added layer of challenge. Drawing on the narratives of 52 interviews with Ethiopian Australians from a refugee background, this paper examines their experiences of place-making by focusing on how they negotiated fast-paced urban life in the first few years of settlement in Melbourne. The paper has implications for policies around regional refugee settlement in Australia. It concludes that determining where to settle refugees needs to be done by carefully considering refugees’ origin contexts and experiences.

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