Refugees and Mental State of Refugee Children

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DOI: 10.12738/mejrs.2016.1.1.0003

Year: 2016 Vol: 1 Number: 1

Abstract

With wars escalating in the Middle East, there has been a surge in refugee flows to neighboring countries. Issues such as the legal status and working rights of the refugees in host countries as well as the provision of education and health services, sheltering, clean water, and healthy food are now important topics of discussion in the host countries. Difficult ordeals that refugees experience and the social support they receive in host countries are known to be important factors that affect their mental health. Studies show that becoming a refugee leads to significant mental health issues. It is common for refugees to face discrimination and hostility in many countries and to be deprived of their basic human rights. This study shows that to protect the legal rights of refugee children in Turkey, examine psychological traumas and risk factors associated with mental health, and identify those in need of treatment and provide treatment, targeted projects should be implemented at schools, and therapeutic support and prescription of drugs may be necessary in some cases. This study aims to make specific recommendations regarding the integration of refugee children into societies and to help raise awareness about the refugee crisis.

Keywords
Refugee, Immigration, Law, Children, Post-traumatic stress disorder