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Psychosocial Experiences of African Migrants in Six European Countries

A Mixed Method Study


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  • The only book that presents a cross-cultural study of African migrants to Europe

  • Adopts a mixed method approach, using both surveys and focusing group interviews

  • Brings together both clinical and social psychological evidence

  • an open access book

Part of the book series: Social Indicators Research Series (SINS, volume 81)

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Table of contents (11 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xv
  2. Setting the Scene

    • Erhabor Idemudia, Klaus Boehnke
    Pages 1-14Open Access
  3. Patterns and Current Trends in African Migration to Europe

    • Erhabor Idemudia, Klaus Boehnke
    Pages 15-31Open Access
  4. Travelling Routes to Europe

    • Erhabor Idemudia, Klaus Boehnke
    Pages 33-49Open Access
  5. Social Experiences of Migrants

    • Erhabor Idemudia, Klaus Boehnke
    Pages 119-135Open Access
  6. Gathering the Data

    • Erhabor Idemudia, Klaus Boehnke
    Pages 137-174Open Access
  7. Results: Quantitative Study

    • Erhabor Idemudia, Klaus Boehnke
    Pages 175-193Open Access
  8. Results: Qualitative Study

    • Erhabor Idemudia, Klaus Boehnke
    Pages 195-221Open Access
  9. Discussions and Conclusions

    • Erhabor Idemudia, Klaus Boehnke
    Pages 223-231Open Access
  10. Impact: Consequences and Recommendations

    • Erhabor Idemudia, Klaus Boehnke
    Pages 233-237Open Access

About this book

This open access book provides an empirical account of the psychological and social experiences of 3500 African migrants to 6 European countries: Germany, Spain, Italy, The Netherlands, France, and the UK. It discusses the psychosocial motivations for migration from Africa, who migrates where, and stressful pre- and post-migration factors affecting the social and psychological wellbeing of migrants. The book also includes a detailed exploration of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSS) among African migrants. Addressing and offering solutions to pre- and post-migration problems in Africa and Europe as well as the problems associated with the perilous journeys involved, this unique study is a must-read for anyone interested in cross-cultural psychology and social science, and particularly in migration and mental health.


  • African migration patterns
  • trends in migrations
  • theoretical approaches to migration
  • migration and PTSS
  • migration and PTSD
  • migration to the EU
  • social experiences of migrants
  • varieties of migrants
  • consequences of migration
  • open access

Authors and Affiliations

  • Faculty of the Human Sciences, North-West University, Mmabatho, South Africa

    Erhabor Idemudia

  • Jacobs University Bremen, Bremen, Germany

    Klaus Boehnke

About the authors

Erhabor Idemudia, PhD, is full Professor of Research and Clinical Psychology at the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences, North-West University (Mafikeng Campus), South Africa. He was previously the Head and Subject Chair, Department of Psychology, at the same university. Professor Idemudia has a BSc (Psychology), MSc and PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He is a National Research Foundation (South Africa) rated established researcher/scientist in South Africa and a 2015/2016 recipient of the Georg-Forster Life-Time Achievement Award in research for senior professors from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany. He is also an Alexander Humboldt Fellow, Germany (since 2003), Leventis Fellow, UK, Salzburg Fellow, Austria, among others. He is currently the General Secretary and Registrar of Membership, World Council for Psychotherapy (African Chapter) and member of the Board of the World Council for Psychotherapy. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Mental Health, South Africa amongst others, and serves as external examiner to several universities in Africa, Europe and North America. He has taught and done research at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, University of London, UK, Jacobs University Bremen, Germany, the University of Namibia, Windhoek, University of Limpopo, South Africa, and North-West University, South Africa. Professor Idemudia has over 200 articles and book chapters in peer-reviewed journals and books. He is the author (with Klaus Boehnke) of I’m an alien in Deutschland: A quantitative mental health case study of African Immigrants in Germany (2010).

Klaus Boehnke is Professor of Social Science Methodology at Jacobs University, Bremen and the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS). He also co-heads the International Laboratory for Sociocultural Research at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. He received his PhD in psychology from Berlin University of Technology in 1985 and has held appointments at the Free University of Berlin, the Australian National University, Chemnitz University of Technology, the University of Toronto, and the National University of Singapore. Between 2007 and 2017, he was the First Vice Dean of BIGSSS and co-coordinated two successful proposals for the funding of BIGSSS in the Excellence Initiative of Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). He is the President of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP, 2018-2020). Building upon a strong background in social science methodology, Klaus Boehnke engages in political socialization research. He has published on a great variety of socialization research topics from varying disciplinary perspectives, ranging from educational and personality psychology, political psychology and sociology to media studies and criminology, in leading English-language journals, including Science, the American Journal of Sociology, the Journal of Personality, and the Journal of Marriage and Family, as well as in all leading German social science journals.

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Softcover Book
USD 84.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book
USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)