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

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Original languageEnglish
Article number102964
JournalHealth and Place
PublishedJan 2023

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Funding Information: This work was supported by the UK Medical Research Council [ MR/S025510/1 ]. Publisher Copyright: © 2023

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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.

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