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“They need to be treated like human beings”: Examining the relevance and importance of Social Determinants of Health in refugee camps on the islands of Greece
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

While individuals who have managed to leave violent conflict behind have escaped war, they have not necessarily escaped the trauma and mental distress that is often said to accompany it. For many people who are seeking refuge or asylum in a new country, the road to recovery remains difficult. This study researches the situation in refugee camps on the Greek islands (with particular focus on Lesbos and the Moria camp). The purpose is to, through a qualitative literature study, examine the mental health situation of the people living inside the camps by applying the theoretical aspect of Social Determinants of Health. The research material is based on a variety of different sources, from UN bodies to humanitarian organizations, human rights groups, and various reputable news outlets. Through a summary and analysis of direct quotes from refugees and asylum seekers living on the Greek islands who have expressed significant declines in their mental health, along with research on the Social Determinants of Health, the paper presents an argument that much of what seems to be causing the people’s psychological distress has to do with important determinants in the refugees’ and asylum seekers’ daily lives in the camp. The general outcome points to the notion that there has been an undoubtable worsening of mental health and psychological well-being in the camps, and that addressing and incorporating the Social Determinants of Health in various humanitarian capacities has a chance of improving the situation.

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2018.
Keywords [en]
Refugee, asylum seeker, migrant, mental health, psychosocial support, humanitarian action, public health, social determinants of health
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Other Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-354735OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-354735DiVA, id: diva2:1222460
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International Humanitarian Action
Educational program
Master Programme in Humanitarian Action and Conflict
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Available from: 2018-06-22 Created: 2018-06-21 Last updated: 2018-06-22Bibliographically approved

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