Refugee mental health and the role of place in the Global North countries: A scoping review

Guntars Ermansons*, Hanna Kienzler, Zara Asif, Peter Schofield

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Abstract

Post-migration factors significantly influence refugee mental health. This scoping review looks at the role of place in refugee mental health. We included 34 studies in Global North high-income countries that elaborated on the place characteristics of facilities, neighbourhoods, urban and rural areas, and countries. While the role of place remains under-theorised, all studies reveal common characteristics that support a strong relationship between place of residence, refugee mental health and wellbeing outcomes in post-migration context. Given that refugees often have little or no choice of where they ultimately live, we suggest future research should focus on how characteristics of place co-constitute post-migration refugee mental health risks, protections, and outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102964
JournalHealth and Place
Volume79
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2023

Keywords

  • Mental health
  • Place
  • Post-migration
  • Refugees
  • Scoping review

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