Call for Submissions
Deadline: 30 June 2017
Special Issue: Refugee Families
According to the United Nations Refugee Agency, we are witnessing the highest levels of human displacement on record with an unprecedented 65.3 million people exiled from their homes. Of this number, 21.3 million are refugees who flee for fear of persecution, war, violence, oppression, or exploitation. In addition, there are 10 million stateless people - denied a nationality and access to basic rights to education, healthcare and employment and freedom of movement.
The crisis extends beyond refugees and their families to communities that are tasked with resettling refugees. The influx of refugees can take a toll on communities that are not equipped to help with integrating refugees into mainstream society. The stress of having to accommodate refugees has resulted in rejection by many communities that, in turn, has resulted in multiple resettlements for refugees. The waiting period for resettlement can span decades, which means living in fear and with limited freedom of movement in refugee camps or as urban refugees. Waiting for permanent resettlement delays family reunification and opportunities to establish economic independence.
Being displaced from one’s homeland can have detrimental effects on human and social capital, as well as physical and psychological health. As mental health professionals, we need to understand the stresses on refugee families and on host communities that assist with resettlement and adaptation.
This special issue of Journal of Feminist Family Therapy aims to improve our knowledge of the challenges and opportunities encountered by refugee families as they overcome their sufferings and adapt to their new environments. Papers addressing how communities can better facilitate the process of integration into mainstream society are welcomed.
Editor-in-Chief, Joyce Baptist invites empirical papers, meta-analyses and theoretical papers related to policy and mental health including, but not limited to,
- stress from displacement
- economic challenges
- language barriers
- cultural diversity of refugees
- the unique needs of refugees
Papers for this special issue should utilize feminist approaches to inquiry and/or be conceptualized using feminist paradigms such as social justice and intersectionality.
All enquiries should be directed to Joyce Baptist
Deadline for submissions to this special issue is June 30, 2017.
For full details on submitting to Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, please visit the Instructions for Authors page.