The psychological impact of extended temporary protection

Mansouri, Fethi and Cauchi, Stephanie 2006, The psychological impact of extended temporary protection, Refuge, vol. 23, no. 2, Summer, pp. 81-94.

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Title The psychological impact of extended temporary protection
Author(s) Mansouri, FethiORCID iD for Mansouri, Fethi
Cauchi, Stephanie
Journal name Refuge
Volume number 23
Issue number 2
Season Summer
Start page 81
End page 94
Publisher York University
Place of publication Toronto, Canada
Publication date 2006
ISSN 0229-5113
Summary Against the background of the recent international trend of a greater reliance on deterrence measures in managing the flow of asylum seekers, this paper discusses the implementation of the temporary protection visa (TPV) in Australia. It focuses on the psychological impact of the TPV policy on individual asylum seekers and how this unlimited temporary status affects the overall process of settlement. This study is based on personal narratives constructed by individual asylum seekers during one-on-one interviews aimed at sketching the mental and psychological manifestations of stressful events in their lives as TPV holders. What is particularly revealing among many of these TPV holders is the fact that their pre-migration traumatic experiences are compounded by a post-migration condition of being in indefinite "temporary" protection. This is further exacerbated by a prevalence of racialized discourses and exclusionary policies advocated by the host government. Past trauma and persecution, combined with present family separation and social exclusion, and further compounded by uncertainty about the future, had resulted in almost chronic states of anxiety and depression among a significant number of TPV holders.
Language eng
Field of Research 160303 Migration
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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