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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 50-52

The current refugee problem around the world: Implications for social psychiatry

1 Professor of Psychiatry and Public Health, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Florida International University, Miami, Florida
2 Professor of Psychiatry, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, Florida
3 Professor of Psychiatry, Cooper Medical School at Rowan University, Camden, New Jersey, USA

Correspondence Address:
Prof. Eugenio M Rothe
2199 Ponce de Leon, Boulevard Suite 304, Coral Gables, Florida 33134
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/WSP.WSP_7_19

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In the last 3 years, the numbers of forcibly displaced people around the world have reached a record high. Experiences of war, persecution, violence, torture, participating in killing, disruptions of attachments, and emotional losses increase the risk for psychological distress and may contribute to the risk of developing psychiatric disorders, especially in child and adolescent refugees. We briefly review the existing psychiatric literature on refugees, discuss sociological reasons that explain the recent crisis, psychiatric consequences, and long-term prognosis, and discuss the implications for policy, practice, and research.

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