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ERIC Number: EJ859237
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-0968-7599
Living on the Margin: Disabled Iranians in Belgian Society
Albrecht, Gary L.; Devlieger, Patrick J.; Van Hove, Geert
Disability & Society, v24 n3 p259-271 May 2009
This paper explores the antecedents, experiences and consequences of marginalization as reported and dealt with by disabled Iranian immigrants in Belgium. This work extends the work of Gallie and colleagues and Siegrist demonstrating that the forces of marginalization applicable to all immigrants are particularly pertinent to disabled immigrants. The research is based on 26 in-depth, face-to-face interviews, focus groups, interviews with government officials and immigration experts, ethnographic work and official government statistics. The findings detail how the combined forces of history, context and reasons for immigration; isolation, vulnerability and perceived loss of control; religion and rejection; lack of reciprocity in social exchanges; problems in obtaining jobs; and difficulties in negotiating an entry into Belgian society combine to sustain marginizalation. As a consequence, disabled immigrants in this group are generally excluded from society and discriminated against in terms of citizenship, education, jobs and general acceptance.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Belgium; Iran