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Volume 9 (2008/2009), ISSUE 14 (YEARLY)


Illegal Immigrants in Malta: the Role of Social Capital




This article consists of a qualitative appraisal of the evolving social capital formation of a pre-selected cohort of immigrant African teenaged males who are in Malta as asylum seekers.  It explores how these people form networks and/or interconnect with them in order to forge and achieve their goals. The approach used is participant-centered. It is directed at exploring �reality� as perceived and lived by the participants. A life-course analysis is undertaken. The study shows how social capital formation is impacted by past decisions and future aspirations of the participants.


Malta - Minors - Asylum seekers - Networks - Life course


Dr. Damian Spiteri is a teacher-educator and a practicing social-worker. He has carried out research with different categories of at-risk young people. These include persons who misuse and abuse substances and those with social, emotional and behavioral difficulties. His interest in asylum seekers stems from the work that he undertakes as a practitioner in this field as part of his active generic social-work practice. Dr Spiteri is also active within the field of human rights education and has designed and implemented different projects in schools so as to engage students in adopting requisite pro-social values particularly in the context of promoting intercultural dialogue. He is currently expanding his research portfolio by engaging in research on the educational needs of minor asylum seekers in Malta.  


This article is a revised version of a paper presented at the Third International Conference of The Social Capital Foundation, Buggiba, Republic of Malta, 21-22 September 2008. 


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