Making ‘the process’: sexual vulnerability and Burundian refugee boys and young men’ strategies for onward migration from Nakivale refugee settlement

TitleMaking ‘the process’: sexual vulnerability and Burundian refugee boys and young men’ strategies for onward migration from Nakivale refugee settlement
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsY. Ruzibiza, and L.H. Berckmoes
Secondary TitleJournal of refugee studies
Date Published2022
Publication Languageeng
Keywordsboys, Burundi, migration, refugees, Resettlement, sexuality, young men
Abstract

Based on ethnographic research among Burundian refugee boys and young men in Nakivale refugee settlement in Uganda, we explore how boys and young men in the camp, guided by the longing for a better life, aspire for onward migration and develop strategies based on their knowledge of relevant legal frameworks. Given that onward migration under the UNHCR framework is possible for only the most ‘vulnerable’, we highlight the negotiation strategies adopted by some boys and young men to support their ‘process’, based on sexual vulnerability related to being in same-sex relationships. Notwithstanding the deprivation and bleak prospects, we thus propose to look at the refugee settlement also as a space opening chance for vital transformation. At the same time, we point out that the restricting frameworks seeking to foster protection of refugees, may, in an environment hostile to same-sex relations, unintentionally render refugee boys and young men more vulnerable to gendered exploitation.

Notes

Ahead of print article, Februari 2022

DOI10.1093/jrs/feac017
Citation Key11690