On Being Black, Muslim, and a Refugee: Stories of Somalis in Chicago

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Somali refugees are considered one of the largest African refugee populations in the United States and the fourth largest refugee population globally. Yet, there is limited scholarship on their overall migration paths and the ways in which their intersectional identities may impact their resettlement and integration in the United States. Study findings are from a qualitative study on the migration and integration experiences of 15 Somali Americans in Chicago. Findings illustrate the complexities associated with the Somali refugee narrative and how this population is often positioned at the intersections of anti-Black, anti-Muslim, and anti-refugee racism and discrimination in the United States.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)172-188
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2 2020


  • Somali refugees
  • belonging
  • identity
  • intersectionality
  • racism
  • stage of migration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Health(social science)
  • Geography, Planning and Development


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