Refugees' views of the effectiveness of support provided by their host countries.
Eur J Psychotraumatol
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BACKGROUND: The war in former Yugoslavia, which commenced in 1990, caused the biggest refugee crisis in Europe since World War II. There are numerous research investigations into the trauma and associated problems. However, there is no available publication concerning refugees' own perception of the provided support in host countries. AIMS: To investigate how refugees evaluated support received (helpful or detrimental) and what kinds of support they wish to receive in the future. METHOD: The study participants were 854 refugees from former Yugoslavia settled in the United Kingdom, Germany, and Italy. Alongside demographic data, they were assessed using International Neuropsychiatric Interview (MINI), Life Stressor Checklist-Revised (LSC-R), Manchester Short Assessment of Quality of Life (MANSA), Matrix for Recording Health Care, Social Interventions (MACSI), and an open questions interview. RESULTS: Data revealed that 99.3% of refugees received some kind of support. The most frequent support (98.7%) was primary health care and the least frequent (34.7%) was support in employment and further training. The most helpful (27.5%) was primary health care, and the most detrimental (11.6%) was legal support. The most desired types of support were help in employment (31.8%) and further education/training (20.5%). The educational level of refugees affected their perceptions of support as detrimental or desired. CONCLUSIONS: There are different levels of received and desired support among host countries. There are also differences in the perception of received and desired support with regard to the refugees' educational levels.
AuthorsZepinic, V; Bogic, M; Priebe, S
- Centre for Psychiatry