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Degree Name

MA in Diplomacy and International Relations

First Advisor

Dr. Bruce Dayton


Social identity plays a key aspect in life. This research tests whether homogeneity between refugees and their host communities correlates to the immigration process and resettlement success. The analysis helps form a conclusion that people want to help those who look like themselves before those who appear more foreign. This is related to the central theories of social identity and prejudice stemming from stereotyping. Data collection comes from interviews with staff at a number of NGOs in the United States. The immigration and resettlement policies of these NGOs have been researched, and members were interviewed on the reformation of their policies. The data was then compared and contrasted to inspect differences among the organizations and any link of racial diversity or other social identity to the lenience of policies for certain groups of refugees. The analysis concludes that there is a level of positive correlation to homogeneity making immigration easier for certain ingroups of people. The distinctiveness of the theory of varying social identities being applied to the immigration of refugees is important to discuss, for discrimination is a concept we need to battle for the equality of humanity. The data and conclusions from this conduction can be further used in future research of social identity and discrimination refugees face.

Keywords: discrimination, refugees, homogeneity, migration, resettlement, social identity


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