1st Edition

Displaced Persons, Resettlement and the Legacies of War From War Zones to New Homes

By Jessica Stroja Copyright 2022
    176 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book provides a case study on the ongoing impact of displacement and encampment of refugees who do not have access to resettlement support services or are resettled in locations of low cultural and linguistic diversity.


    Following the journeys of displaced families and children who left Europe after the Second World War to seek resettlement in Queensland, Australia, this book brings together the rarely heard voices of these refugees from written archives, along with material from more than 50 oral history interviews. It thoroughly explores the impacts of displacement, encampment, and eventually resettlement in locations without resettlement facilities or support networks. In so doing, the book brings to light important findings that can be used to help understand the experiences of those impacted by contemporary refugee crises and can be considered when developing responses and assistance in locations where there is a lack of diversity or support for refugees.


    This book will be of interest to scholars and students studying and researching the history of migration, sociology of migration, psychological effects of migration and displacement, as well as demography. Practitioners and policymakers will also be able to draw from this book when considering the long-term impacts of responses to contemporary refugee crises.

    1. Introduction: Refugees and the Legacies of an Unprecedented Crisis 2. The Chaos of Post-War Europe and Resettlement in Australia: New Lives, or Echoes of Past Trauma? 3. A New Home at Last? The Making of Home for Displaced Persons 4. Separation of Family: Echoes of Conflict and Trauma 5. Longing for the Homeland 6. Heritage and Legacies of Displacement 7. Displaced Persons and Faith-Based Networks of Support 8. Looking to the Future: Refugee Resettlement and the Legacies of Displacement. 9. Conclusion: Displaced Persons and the Echo of Displacement: Resilience and Resettlement


    Jessica Stroja is a Resident Adjunct Research Fellow in the Centre for Social and Cultural Research, Griffith University, Australia, and specialises in heritage and the resettlement of refugees and Displaced Persons. Her recent work focuses on the role of faith-based organisations in the care and advocacy for refugees in Australia during the twentieth century.