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This article explores the interplay and collaboration between refugee organization volunteers and social service professionals. On the basis of qualitative interviews and observations, we study how volunteers from Danish local refugee organizations experience their interaction with refugees and social service professionals, and how they act and perceive their role as advocates for the refugees. In addition to providing effective refugee assistance and services, refugee organizations achieve legitimacy through professional communication, campaign work, and networking with key political actors and stakeholders. However, although it may be less visible, advocacy-oriented activities also take place in local organizations at ‘street level.’ We identified three distinct types of strategies to balance issues of autonomy in the collaborative relationship with the municipalities and simultaneously engage in advocacy activities.

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The article provides insight into the everyday practices and strategies of civil society organizations attempting to balance the demands and interests of stakeholders and internal legitimacy claims in a hybrid environment.

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This page is a summary of: Taking Care of the Refugees: Exploring Advocacy and Cross-sector Collaboration in Service Provision for Refugees, VOLUNTAS International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, February 2019, Springer Science + Business Media, DOI: 10.1007/s11266-019-00097-5.
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