Social inclusion of newly arrived female asylum seekers and refugees through a community sport initiative: The case of Bike Bridge

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Abstract:

This study examines the potential and limitations of a community sport initiative in fostering social inclusion of newly arrived adult female asylum seekers and refugees in Germany. It contains three parts: the first and second part aim to assess the perceived opportunities and barriers of riding a bicycle in the participants’ homeland and Germany and to provide empirical evidence about the outcomes of the project at a micro level by prioritising the participants’ accounts and experiences. In the third section, through an examination of the programme’s structure and provision, its perceived impact is investigated. Bourdieu’s theory of practice was deployed as an analytical tool in the study. The findings revealed the importance of need-based, informal and intercultural provisions and practices to foster participation of physical recreation of the target group in their new setting. However, to facilitate social inclusion, the participants’ prolonged and sustained engagement in the programme as volunteers was crucial.

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Citation:

Mohammadi, S. (2019). Social inclusion of newly arrived female asylum seekers and refugees through a community sport initiative: The case of Bike Bridge. Sport in Society, 22(6), 1082–1099

About This Study:

Intervention(s): Host Community To Refugee Mentoring
Intervention Duration: 1 year
Relevant ORR Program: Refugee Support Services
Study Type: Suggestive evidence
Full Text Availability: Paid
Direction of Evidence: Inconclusive or mixed impact
Strength of Evidence: Suggestive
Population(s): Asylees
Gender(s) of Participants: Female
Age(s) of Participants: Adults
Region(s) of Origin of Participants: Multiple Regions

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