Psychology and Refugee Protection seminar series: Trauma and refugee integration

Ms Mary Robertson Dr Kate ThompsonDr Ben GidleyDr Paresh Kathrani

06 December 2012, 18:30 - 20:30

Event Type:
The Chancellor's Hall (Senate House, first floor)
Venue Details:

Senate House
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU 

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The trauma that accompanies persecution and forced displacement can make it difficult for refugees to integrate into their new communities. This seminar will explore how to facilitate the integration of refugees requiring support to settle in the UK, and will also question whether a government “integration agenda” risks undermining refugee resilience by spotlighting vulnerability and focusing on the need for outside help.

Ms Robertson is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and will discuss some of the barriers to integration due to psychological distress, and the role of psychological treatment in helping to facilitate integration. Dr Thompson will consider the extent to which the societal narrative painting refugees as resourceless recipients of aid might be fed by an “integration agenda”, drawing on interesting findings from research in Scandinavia and including the voices of refugees themselves. Dr Gidley is a Senior Researcher at ESRC Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) University of Oxford, primarily working on projects in the Citizenship and Belonging, Urban Change and Settlement, and Welfare clusters. Dr Kathrani is a Lecturer in Law at the School of Law, University of Westminster and his academic work looks at the confluence of ‘refugee law and theory’, particularly the perception and treatment of asylum seekers as outsiders.

To book a place at this seminar, please click here.

This seminar is free and open to all. Although you are booking to attend via the University of London online store, you will not be charged.