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To be hungry in the welfare cradle. A study of food security among asylum seekers in Norwegian reception centers
Journal Title: MONDI MIGRANTI 
Author/s:  Laura Terragni, Sigrun Henjum 
Year:  2021 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  16 Pg. 73-88 FullText PDF:  179 KB
DOI:  10.3280/MM2021-002004
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Asylum seekers are among the groups most at risk of suffering of food insecurity. There are however few studies analyzing the extent of this phenomenon in Europe. The purpose of this study is to investigate food security among asylum seekers liv-ing in Norwegian reception centers. The study has been conducted though a survey among 205 asylum seekers living in eight centers and participant observation. The survey reveals that 93% of the residents in the centers experienced food insecurity and that there is little variation in their diets. Housing and living conditions make it difficult to maintain the role of meals as a form of commensality. Food, or better the lack of it, thus becomes a way to underline asylum seekers’ precariousness and social exclusion even in a country known for its universalistic welfare and wealth of its citizens.
Keywords: food security; asylum seekers; food in reception centers; Norway.

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Laura Terragni, Sigrun Henjum, To be hungry in the welfare cradle. A study of food security among asylum seekers in Norwegian reception centers in "MONDI MIGRANTI" 2/2021, pp. 73-88, DOI:10.3280/MM2021-002004


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