Keeping Each Other Safe: Young Refugees’ Navigation Towards a Good Life in Finland, Norway, and Scotland

Nick Haswell, Mervi Kaukko, Marte Knag Fylkesnes, Paul Sullivan

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The metaphor of navigation has been used to investigate the social and moral movements people make in changeable or fluctuating circumstances, as well as to shed light on the intersection of people, practices and the changing contexts and social forces around them. In this chapter, we first provide a short overview of navigation as a metaphor, and how the situations of young refugees might add to the multiple meanings of navigation. Using empirical data from the international NordForsk-funded project Drawing Together: Relational wellbeing in the lives of young refugees in Finland, Norway and Scotland, we explore how young refugees socially and morally navigate through the complex and unstable circumstances of building new lives and new social networks in host countries. Then, turning to our findings, we discuss how ‘living well’ involves not only movement towards individual goals, but also movement with, for the sake of, and in relation to important people locally and transnationally. We conclude the chapter by envisioning the destination of young refugees’ navigation as hinted at by the data: a world worth living in for all.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLiving Well in a World Worth Living in for All
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 1: Current Practices of Social Justice, Sustainability and Wellbeing
EditorsKristin Elaine Reimer, Mervi Kaukko, Sally Windsor, Kathleen Mahon, Stephen Kemmis
Place of PublicationSingapore
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9789811979859
ISBN (Print)9789811979842
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Publication typeA3 Book chapter


  • Navigation
  • Refugee
  • Relational well-being
  • Social practice

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 2

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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