Refugee children and adolescents constitute over 45% of the refugee population worldwide. While a number of guidelines and standards have been developed to promote their protection and care, in practice, refugee youth are not always paid sufficient or adequate attention. Their needs and priorities have until recently been considered “on-the-sidelines” of core protection and aid programs, or else subsumed under those of their adult counterparts. One notable exception is the increasing focus on health issues, with a particular emphasis on mental health. Psychosocial research in the area of refugee youth mental health suggests a complex relationship between displacement and health. Studies also suggest that refugee youth have many of the same physical health issues or conditions seen in non-refugee children and adolescents, although with differing prevalence rates.
Refugees of all ages must not only contend with experiences of violence, persecution, and other potentially...
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