European refugee crisis: psychological trauma of refugees and care givers

Papadopoulos, Irena ORCID logoORCID: and Shea, Sue (2018) European refugee crisis: psychological trauma of refugees and care givers. International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care, 14 (1) . pp. 106-116. ISSN 1747-9894 [Article] (doi:10.1108/IJMHSC-08-2016-0032)

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Purpose – In recent years, the number of refugees and migrants entering Europe has increased dramatically. Such trauma may affect not only refugees themselves, but also care givers and rescue workers. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the intensity and psychological impact of the refugee crisis, with a view to suggesting ways of moving forward.
Design/methodology/approach – Based on recent literature, this paper briefly looks at the importance of attention to health and social issues, before discussing the psychological trauma of refugees and potential emotional trauma of those involved in rescue operations.
Findings – The provision of psychological support which is both compassionate and culturally competent should be viewed as essential. Furthermore, the development of resources and tools to assist with the current refugee crisis could enable care givers, rescue workers, and healthcare professionals to provide psychological support to migrants and refugees. Such resources could also encourage, and support, frontline responders in caring for their own personal psychological well-being.
Originality/value – The content of this paper could help to encourage further research in this field, including research into the emotional trauma of rescue workers. Furthermore, it is intended that this paper could contribute to an on-line knowledge base when considering the development of tools and resources to assist with the current refugee crisis.
Keywords Crisis, Refugee, Psychological, Care-givers
Paper type General review

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Mental Health, Social Work and Interprofessional Learning
Item ID: 23455
Notes on copyright: This article is © Emerald Group Publishing and permission has been granted for this version to appear here ( Emerald does not grant permission for this article to be further copied/distributed or hosted elsewhere without the express permission from Emerald Group Publishing Limited. This is the accepted version of the manuscript "European refugee crisis: psychological trauma of refugees and care givers", published in the journal International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care, available via the journal site at:
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Depositing User: Rena Papadopoulos
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2018 10:11
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2023 10:53

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