The Mental Health and Wellbeing of Migrants in the Context of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. In: Laura Davidson (ed) The Routledge Handbook of International Development, Mental Health and Wellbeing

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Guglielmo Schininà, Karoline Popp

Year:
2019

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English

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This chapter considers the relationships between migration, mental health and wellbeing, and development in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals. It examines two relationships within this triangle: migration and mental health and wellbeing, as well as migration and development. Counting both international and internal migrants, the International Organization of Migration estimates that roughly a billion individuals in the world are migrants, which corresponds to 14% of the global population. Analysing the connections between mental health and wellbeing, migration and development require a broad reading of the 2030 Agenda. The inclusion of migrants in mental health care cannot be divorced from the development of good mental health systems for the local population. The chapter describes how migration can have negative repercussions for mental health, but cautions against making assumptions about or ‘over-pathologising’ the migrant condition.

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