The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health and wellbeing of refugees and asylum seekers-A Narrative Review of the Literature

Ghassan El Tatary, Neeraj Gill

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To identify the factors affecting refugees and asylum seekers mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

METHODS: A narrative review of available international research literature from January 2020 to June 2021 was conducted to identify these factors.

RESULTS: Seven factors were identified: pre-existing physical health vulnerabilities, pre-existing mental health vulnerabilities, environmental, social, cultural-specific, economic and legal/welfare challenges.

CONCLUSION: Multiple interacting bio-psycho-socio-economic-cultural-ecological factors lead to greater impact of COVID-19 pandemic on refugee and asylum seekers wellbeing than the general population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)728-731
Number of pages4
JournalAustralasian psychiatry : bulletin of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
Volume30
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022

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