Desperate journeys: The need for trauma support for refugees

Mia Stokmans, S. Kidane

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The critical flaw in Europe’s migration policies is the logic that underpins them –that refugees’ decisions about migration are rational. But fleeing is not a rational process and often happens as a result of traumatising events, which can prompt refugees to take life threatening risks. This study examines the possibility of alleviating the worst symptoms of posttraumatic stress by using an app offering psycho-social support in refugee camps in Ethiopia. The study finds that psychosocial support can decrease trauma levels and significantly increase social and economic resilience among refugees.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMobile Africa:
Subtitle of host publicationHuman Trafficking and the Digital Divide
Editors van Reisen, M Mawere, M Stokmans, K.A Gebre-Egziabher
Place of PublicationBamenda, Cameroon
Number of pages30
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Migration Policies
  • Refugee
  • Posttraumatic stress
  • Trauma


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