Hunud Abia Kadouf
Islamic University Malaysia, Malaysia
Purpose: Malaysia has become a major destination for Sudanese youth particularly, for education purposes. There are, however, some impending social problems that have erupted therefore adversely affecting their existential relationship with the host society. The diversified nature of these problems has apparently transcended their entire expectations. This paper identifies the increasing challenges and prevalent social problems among Sudanese youth in Malaysia and gives suggestions for mutual acceptance and tolerance.
Design/methodology/approach: This study adopts mixed methodologies including qualitative and quantitative, as well as comparative methods. The target groups are two categories of Sudanese youths, i.e., those who came at a mature age for study purposes (undergraduate, postgraduate and training) and those students, between the ages of 15 and 25 years, who were born in Malaysia. An attempt will also be made to engage in general discussions on the philosophy, concepts and theories of diaspora in the light of the Sudanese youth’s precarious situation in Malaysia.
Findings: Based on the empirical data, cybercrime, cyber-bullying, drug abuse, online-shaming, racial tension, cross-marriages, Third Culture Kids (TCK) syndrome, and problems of integration seem to be the major challenges of Sudanese youths in Malaysia. Originality/Value: While existing research is based on the general problems and concerns of the African diaspora globally, this research is one of the earliest attempts focussing on a specific group of Sudanese youths in Malaysia. There is a dearth of knowledge about the problems and challenges of African and Sudanese youths in Southeast Asia in general, and Malaysia in particular, and this research is an attempt to fi ll this gap.
Practical implications: Recommendations are made to improve mutual acceptance and tolerance between Sudanese youths and the host community and further enhance bilateral relations/socialization and reorientation of Sudanese youths as stakeholders in the host country. The research proffers suggestions that could be adapted beyond the Sudanese diaspora communities to that of other African diaspora communities currently residing in Malaysia
Keywords: Sudan; Youth; Problems; Diaspora; Malaysia; Africa
Reference to this paper should be made as follows: Kadouf, H. A. (2017) ‘Quest for education and the problems facing Sudanese students in the Diaspora: the Malaysian scenario’, Int. J. of Sudan Research, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 137–157.