Unsettled Minds, Unsettled Landscapes

Authors: Juliet Galecki*,
Topics: Migration, Immigration/Transnationalism, Europe
Keywords: refugee, resettlement, mental health, post traumatic stress disorder, forced migrant, migration, trauma, toxic stress, chronic stress, disorder, traumatic landscape, war, policy, law, reform, legislation, extra-sensitive, highly receptive, high receptivity, hypervigilant, existential boredom, threshold, baseline, subjective stimulation, resilience
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 5:00 PM / 6:40 PM
Room: Forum Room, Omni, West
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ABSTRACT UNSETTLED MINDS, UNSETTLED LANDSCAPES M.S., UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AMHERST Directed by: Professor Toby Martin Applegate After doing my fieldwork abroad in Stockholm Sweden on refugee resettlement policy and the accessible services available, I have come across common themes that I have acquired from interviews with my key contacts. This manuscript will focus on the effect chronic stress has on forced migrants fleeing traumatic landscapes and Sweden’s perspective on resettlement policy along with the services available to refugees. The major challenges I have come across within the resettlement process in general is a lack of strategic plan after the individual becomes of age (18 years old) along with unstable residency statuses. Resettlement is a circumstantial process depending on the region being studied. In Sweden and Germany, refugees are sent back to their origin country when they turn 18, this is a key issue. Another key issue is the unstable status of residency during the resettlement process. Some refugees are granted temporary residency and will be moved around from place to place. They want permanent residency in order to work a stable job and establish their roots in their new environment in order to start a new life. Multiple key contacts have confirmed this claim such as a program manager who works with young refugee boys to help assimilate them into their new culture. Along with a social worker who works with tortured refugees, and a lawyer who works for an organization that helps refugees with legal issues.

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