Impasses in the care and support of immigrants and refugees in health and mental health

Felicia Knobloch About the author

Issues on health care are currently the starting point to defending human rights and recognition devices of immigrants and refugees. However, depending on how the assistance to this group is understood, it can become a tool for 'unrecognizing' the subject. Impasses arise in understanding the migratory experience as a natural risk factor that leads to psychopathology. When the discourse on immigration is connected to specific forms of psychological distress, one takes the risk of medicalizing immigration and exerting a pharmacological control over problems that, in reality, might belong to social, political or economic order. It is a challenge to train employees for the care of mental and physical health of immigrants to support the meeting: it is necessary to understand the representation of health and disease in the original context and the current particularities of their lives without stereotyping the condition of immigrant of refugee or mute the singularity of the subject.

trauma; migration; mental health; ethnopsychoanalysis


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