An Uncertain Safety

Integrative Health Care for the 21st Century Refugees

  • Thomas Wenzel
  • Boris Drožđek

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. General Aspects and the Interdisciplinary Mental Health Care Emergency Response

  3. Psychological and Psychosocial Health in Host Countries

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
    2. Branka Agic, Lisa Andermann, Kwame McKenzie, Andrew Tuck
      Pages 187-211
    3. Joost Jan den Otter, Thomas Wenzel, Bernadette McGrath, Andres Leal Osorio, Boris Drožđek
      Pages 283-299
    4. Maria Kletečka-Pulker, Sabine Parrag, Boris Drožđek, Thomas Wenzel
      Pages 345-361
    5. Rosa Izquierdo, Nino Makhashvili, Boris Drožđek, Thomas Wenzel
      Pages 363-384
  4. Physical Health: From Refugee Camps to the Health Care System in Host Countries

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 431-442

About this book


This book addresses the psychosocial and medical issues of forced migration due to war, major disasters and political as well as climate changes, in the context of public health and linked to organizational, legal and practical strategies that can offer guidance to professionals, as well as governmental and non-governmental organizations. Both internal and international displacement present substantial challenges that require new solutions and integrated approaches.

Issues covered include an overview of current health challenges in the new refugee crises, medicine and mental health in disaster areas, long-term displacement and mental health, integration of legal, medical, social and health economic issues, children and unaccompanied minors, ethical challenges in service provision, short and long-term issues in host countries, models of crises intervention, critical issues, such as suicide prevention, new basic and “minimal” intervention models adapted to limited resources in psychosocial and mental health care, rebuilding of health care in post-disaster/conflict countries, training and burn-out prevention.

The book was developed in collaboration with the World Psychiatric Association. 


Refugees Public Health War Disaster Forced Migration Ethical Challenges Suicide Prevention Burn-out Prevention

Editors and affiliations

  • Thomas Wenzel
    • 1
  • Boris Drožđek
    • 2
  1. 1.World Psychiatric Association Scientific Section, Psychological Aspects of Persecution and TortureGenevaSwitzerland
  2. 2.PsyQ/Parnassia GroupRosmalen/EindhovenThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-72913-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-72914-5
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