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The psychological impact of extended temporary protection

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posted on 2006-01-01, 00:00 authored by Fethi MansouriFethi Mansouri, S Cauchi
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.

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Journal

Refuge

Volume

23

Issue

2

Season

Summer

Pagination

81 - 94

Publisher

York University

Location

Toronto, Canada

ISSN

0229-5113

eISSN

0229-5121

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

COPYRIGHT 2006 Centre for Refugee Studies

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