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‘Give us some time...’

‘Give us some time...’

Supporting resettled refugees with psychosocial impairments

Evert Bloemen, Erick Vloeberghs

2014 - 55 blz. -

The aim of resettlement is to help refugees whose lives and safety are at risk or whose human rights are at risk in the countries they fled to.
Resettlement is also a long-term solution, because it entails countries assisting each other in spreading the load of resettling refugees, because the majority of those who flee their own countries are initially hosted by neighbouring countries. Refugee resettlement helps to reduce the load on such neighbouring countries (e.g. Kenya, Thailand, Nepal and India).
This manual aims to assist those who work with resettled refugees and who are faced with psychosocial issues while working with refugees. These problems include both mental health issues and the resulting social issues. The manual was written in consultation with refugee support workers working for the Dutch Council for Refugees (DCR) and their supervisors. Interviews with these support workers revealed the types of issues or problem behaviour involved and the specific obstacles. In addition, the authors looked at experiences with resettled refugees in countries outside of the Netherlands, as well as methods and resources with proven effectiveness in addressing the psychosocial problems encountered by these refugees.
This guide will first cover general information, followed by examples of real life situations, and will finish by providing some concrete, practical steps which might help readers to establish a good working relationship with both refugees and local caregivers and service providers.
Chapter 1 will provide a brief overview of the model used to support resettled refugees and the handover of medical details, while Chapter 2 will elucidate the concept of vulnerability and any ’aggravating’ and ‘protective’ circumstances that may impact on refugee resettlement. Chapter 3 will describe what practical actions can be undertaken, and how to address refugee issues and symptoms in a structured manner. It is best to take the first steps towards addressing these issues prior to the refugee’s arrival in the host country. Chapter 4 will present four case studies (exemplars), each following a fixed format, with topics including physical and mental health issues, disabilities, unrealistic expectations, parenting problems, issues with refugees refusing to be seen by healthcare practitioners, and how to organise a collaborative approach to care. Each case study will finish with a short list of take-home messages.
The manual has a number of appendices. Some of these list the resources support workers may use to assist them in their interaction with both resettled refugees and care providers. Having good rapport with resettled refugees will make the initial period of their stay in their new ‘home country’ more bearable. Starting afresh in a new country is not an easy task for anyone. Good support, supervision and a bit of luck will help resettled refugees and their children regain their equilibrium. After a period of time even resettled refugees with psychosocial problems may start to feel at home.

This manual - a translation of ‘Gun ons de tijd…’ a joint product by Dutch Council for Refugees (DCR) and Pharos - was made possible through finances from the Share-project and Pharos. The lay-out was done by Dutch Council for Refugees.

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