Wounded and Uprooted: Seeking Refuge in the Land of Others
Critical factors, unique challenges, common mistakes, and recommended remedies for successful resettlement and integration of refugees into new host communities are outlined and discussed. The chapter examines a particular example of Syrian refugees, with a special focus on those fleeing to non-Middle Eastern societies. It identifies multiple interacting elements involved in the experience of both refugees and communities receiving them, as well as the importance of a holistic approach to addressing all for a successful transition. The author stresses the complicating impact of psychological and emotional trauma on the ability of refugees to adjust to major life changes and integrate into a new community and the need for trauma treatment. He urges for a concerted effort by the world community in addressing the causes and meeting the needs of refugees in the face of escalating communal trauma and forced migration across the globe.
KeywordsRefugee Syria Trauma Communal identity Psychosocial treatment
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