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Mental health and migration

Migration A–Z

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  1. Peter H. Koehn

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm362

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

How to Cite

Koehn, P. H. 2013. Mental health and migration. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

Abstract

Mental health should be conceptualized as a state of psychological well-being and not merely the absence of mental illness. Considerations of mental health and migration encompass issues, conditions, opportunities, and constraints related to the psychological well-being of mobile persons, including proactive and reactive movers. The mental health of migrants influences the capacity to realize personal aspirations and affects caregivers, families left behind, communities, and sending and receiving societies.

Keywords:

  • ethnic cleansing;
  • violence;
  • war;
  • diaspora;
  • welfare;
  • social policy