Refuge and Resilience

Promoting Resilience and Mental Health among Resettled Refugees and Forced Migrants

  • Laura Simich
  • Lisa Andermann

Part of the International Perspectives on Migration book series (IPMI, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Laura Simich
    Pages 1-6
  3. Farah N. Mawani
    Pages 27-50
  4. Clare Pain, Pushpa Kanagaratnam, Donald Payne
    Pages 51-60
  5. Miriam J. Stewart
    Pages 91-107
  6. Yogendra B. Shakya, Sepali Guruge, Michaela Hynie, Sheila Htoo, Arzo Akbari, Barinder (Binny) Jandu et al.
    Pages 131-154
  7. Kwame J. McKenzie, Andrew Tuck, Branka Agic
    Pages 181-194

About this book


Taking an interdisciplinary approach and focusing on the social and psychological resources that promote resilience among forced migrants, this book presents theory and evidence about what keeps refugees healthy during resettlement.  The book draws on contributions from cultural psychiatry, anthropology, ethics, nursing, psychiatric epidemiology, sociology and social work.

Concern about immigrant mental health and social integration in resettlement countries has given rise to public debates that challenge scientists and policy makers to assemble facts and solutions to perceived problems.  Since the 1980s, refugee mental health research has been productive, but arguably overly-focused on mental disorders and problems rather than solutions.  Social science perspectives are not well integrated with medical science and treatment, which is at odds with social reality and underlies inadequacy and fragmentation in policy and service delivery.  Research and practice that contribute to positive refugee mental health from Canada and the U.S. show that refugee mental health promotion must take into account social and policy contexts of immigration and health care in addition to medical issues.  Despite traumatic experiences, most refugees are not mentally ill in a clinical sense, and those who do need medical attention often do not receive appropriate care.  As recent studies show, social and cultural determinants of health may play a larger role in refugee health and adaptation outcomes than do biological factors or pre-migration experiences.   This book’s goal therefore is to broaden the refugee mental health field with social and cultural perspectives on resilience and mental health. 


Forced migrants Health despite adversity Historical and theoretical aspects of resiliency Human trafficking Immigration and health care Law and detention Medical science and treatment Mental disorders and problems Mental healthcare policy for refugees Refugee mental health Social adaptation Social and Psychological resources Social determinants Staying health during resettlement Stress process research Trauma and psychological treatment Vulnerability, resilience an d empowerment

Editors and affiliations

  • Laura Simich
    • 1
  • Lisa Andermann
    • 2
  1. 1.Center on Immigration and JusticeVera Institute of JusticeNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatry Equity, Gender and Populations DivisionUniversity of Toronto Mount Sinai HospitalTorontoCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-7922-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-7923-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2214-9805
  • Series Online ISSN 2214-9813
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