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The strength of weak ties: the social networks of young separated asylum seekers and refugees in London

ByKaren Wells

This paper is about the social networks of young unaccompanied asylum seekers and refugees in

London. It discusses the findings of a 12-month qualitative study using photo elicitation inter-

views with eight young refugees to explore their social networks. The central argument of the

paper is that weak ties and specifically formal ties are effective in connecting young refugees

to a range of material and cultural resources (including legal advice, housing, education, and

entertainment) and emotional support.