A psychological perspective on Australia's asylum policies

Mansouri, Fethi and Cauchi, Stephanie 2007, A psychological perspective on Australia's asylum policies, International migration, vol. 45, no. 1, pp. 123-150, doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2435.2007.00398.x.

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Title A psychological perspective on Australia's asylum policies
Author(s) Mansouri, FethiORCID iD for Mansouri, Fethi orcid.org/0000-0002-4120-9391
Cauchi, Stephanie
Journal name International migration
Volume number 45
Issue number 1
Start page 123
End page 150
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2007-03
ISSN 0020-7985
Keyword(s) temporart protection visa
asylum seekers
post traumatic stress disorder
Summary This paper discusses mental and psychological impacts of Australia's temporary protection visa (TPV) policy on individual asylum seekers. The paper is based on personal narratives constructed by individual asylum seekers during one-on-one interviews and aims principally to sketch the discursive manifestations of stressful events in the lives of TPV holders. The fact that refugees exhibit signs of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is not entirely new or surprising given the level of trauma, and in many cases torture and persecution, endured in the pre-migration phase.

What is particularly revealing among many 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 an awareness of the exclusionary discourses and policies advocated by the host government. Past trauma and persecution, combined with present family separation and social exclusion, further compounded by uncertainty about the future, results in almost chronic states of anxiety and depression among a significant number of TPV holders.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1468-2435.2007.00398.x
Field of Research 160803 Race and Ethnic Relations
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, The Authors, International Organization for Migration
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