The Impact Of Refugees On Children 's Mental Health, Wellbeing, And Success

960 Words Sep 28th, 2016 4 Pages
“Their bodies lie bare and afloat only to announce their coming but never their presence.” The life of an immigrant is often in danger, physically or mentally. Whether crossing the US/Mexico border, barely staying afloat in the Mediterranean, reliving their trauma while applying for citizenship, or leaving their loved ones behind, almost every experience of migration is unimaginably difficult. Refugees and other immigrants though have become a highly scrutinized population in recent years because Europe and the Untied States have created the idea of a refugee crisis. The issue at hand though, is that the large number of refugees has prompted host countries to minimize, trivialize, and ignore the lives and wellbeing of them. This negative impact on refugees affects their mental health, wellbeing, and success while trying to rebuild their lives. The trauma they endure on their journeys alone only to face government systems that explicitly devalue them severely affects the psychological sense of worth, value, and purpose refugees, or any immigrants, feel. Methods of migration as well as society try to devalue and dehumanize immigrants, particularly those who are refugees or came to a host country illegally. The laborious process of traveling across borders, legally or illegally, significantly impacts the mental health of immigrants and their sense of worth and purpose for traveling. In the film Ghosts, Ai Qin decides to emigrate from rural China to England and the process…

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