International research about volunteering

This resource list identifies research studies about volunteering outside the UK involving people with a forced migration background. Where the country of origin is unclear from the title we have added it in brackets.

  • Colombian former refugees as volunteers: reframing patron-client relations and exchange practices
  • The anti-racist potential of care – political dimensions of women’s engagement in voluntary refugee support work in Germany
  • Volunteering With Refugees: Neoliberalism, Hegemony, and (Senior) Citizenship (USA)
  • Immigrant Integration Through Volunteering: The Importance of Contextual Factors (Germany)
  • A feminist anti-racist grassroots organization in northern Ontario: a case study of doing the undoable somewhat well
  • Committing to refugee resettlement volunteering: Attaching, detaching and displacing organizational ties
  • Connecting, belonging: Volunteering, wellbeing and leadership among refugee youth (New Zealand)
  • Contracted volunteers and expectations – an exploratory study of volunteer job satisfaction in a not for profit organization.
  • Why Do First and Second-Generation Young Migrants Volunteer? The Migrant Volunteerism Motivation Model (MVMM) (Italy)
  • A gift for our peace of mind: volunteering with immigrants through the lens of autoethnography
  • Escaping the position as ‘other’: a postcolonial perspective on refugees’ trajectories into volunteering in Danish sports clubs
  • The Worth of Their Work: The (In)visible Value of Refugee Volunteers in the Transnational Humanitarian Aid Sector (Jordan)
  • Inequality in Volunteering: Building a New Research Front
  • Volunteering to Support Refugees: A Question of One’s Scope of Justice
  • Making Volunteering with Refugees Governable: The Contested Role of ‘Civil Society’ in the German Welcome Culture
  • The Role of Volunteers in German Refugee Crisis and their Contribution to the Local Government Expenditure
  • Refugee resettlement volunteers as (inter)cultural mediators?

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