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Syrian mental health assessment and migration study: preliminary findings from a mixed-methods study
Wednesday 19 April at 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
The third webinar in our series ‘The Health of Migrants and the Right to Health‘, co-hosted by MMB and GRAMNet.
With Loubaba Mamluk and Sabi Redwood.
Triggered by the war in Syria, 4.6 million Syrians formed the largest refugee population from a single conflict in a generation. There is existing evidence to suggest that displaced and refugee populations are at risk of poorer mental health outcomes compared to native born or resident populations. With increasing numbers of Syrians seeking refuge from the war, in 2015 the UK offered the Syrian Vulnerable Person’s Resettlement Scheme (VPRS), a scheme targeting the most vulnerable of Syrian forced migrants, prioritising survivors of torture and violence, women and children at risk, and those in need of medical care. However, those Syrians who had to make their own way to the UK, arriving without documents and applying for asylum, were seen as problematic and often faced detention and hardship.
This seminar discusses the findings of a mixed methods study to (1) assess psychological wellbeing and estimate the burden of mental ill-health, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), in the Syrian refugee population in the UK and describe how this changes over time; and (2) generate detailed accounts of experiences at each of the migration stages (pre-departure, travel, and destination), using narrative methodology, and (3) compare the findings for those arriving under VPRS and those arriving in the UK to seek asylum.
Further information and a link to register here.
More about the series:
‘The Health of Migrants and the Right to Health’
Health is a fundamental human right, yet in practice, there are many barriers to the realisation of ‘Health for All’. The health inequalities and barriers to access healthcare systems faced by people-onthemove and by non-citizens more generally, have long been recognised in research, policy and practice. While the World Health Organisation continues to advocate for ‘migrant sensitive health systems’ (2010), healthcare systems are bounded within the nationstate, subject to the laws and policies of governments that increasingly restrict the rights of ‘migrants’ to access their rights. As rights to health are restricted, health and social protection systems are mobilised within hostile environment regimes as a means of surveillance.
The COVID-19 pandemic illustrated the need for universal health care and the fragility of national health systems. This series of four seminars and one online networking event is organised by University of Glasgow’s GRAMNET and University of Bristol’s Migration Mobilities Bristol (MMB) will reflect on access to health care for migrants, refugees and those seeking asylum. Starting from different disciplinary standpoints, the speakers offer empirical and theoretical work exploring the relations between health and migration and the role of migration systems in the production of health inequalities. We will end the series with a (fun!) online networking event.
Visit the series webpage here.