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Caring for Muslim Refugees

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Migration, even to a safe destination, can be traumatic. Forced migration, especially following an armed conflict, can have a wide range of psychosocial and other negative health consequences.

It is true that most refugees and asylum-seekers adjust to their new communities after displacement, but some will have invisible wounds that can cause intrapsychic and interpersonal dysfunction and lead to trans-generational transmission of the traumatic impact.

This chapter examines the unique challenges facing refugees in general, with a specific focus on Muslim refugees. It also touches on the trauma that refugee youth go through and how it might affect their psyche.

Finally, the chapter introduces culturally sensitive ways for healthcare professionals to help them navigate these dynamics.


  • Refugees
  • Asylum-seekers
  • Trauma
  • Forced migration
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Muslim ban
  • Islamophobia

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Reda, O., Maklad, S., Awaad, R. (2019). Caring for Muslim Refugees. In: Moffic, H., Peteet, J., Hankir, A., Awaad, R. (eds) Islamophobia and Psychiatry. Springer, Cham.

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