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11 Jan 2024

Inner Journeys: Mental Health and Psychosocial Perspectives on the Migration, Return and Reintegration Experiences of Ethiopian, Somali and Sudanese Migrants in Vulnerable Situations

This study examines the consequences that migration, return and reintegration experiences have on the mental health and the psychosocial well-being of returning migrants, with the primary purpose of informing policies, programmes and advocacy initiatives that promote sustainable reintegration. The analysis is relevant not only to mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) specialists, but also to protection officers and to return and reintegration practitioners, as it can inform the design of psychosocial support interventions targeting returnees in vulnerable situations, as well as the “mainstreaming” of psychosocial considerations into interventions that pertain to the economic and social dimensions of reintegration.

  • List of Tables 
  • List of Figures 
  • Acronyms 
  • Glossary 
  • 1. Overview of the Study 
  • 2. Samples and Methodology 
    • Qualitative data 
    • Quantitative data 
    • Ethics of data collection activities 
    • Challenges and limitations
  • 3. Migration Experiences 
    • Reasons for migrating 
    • Challenging experiences faced during the migration journey 
    • Realization of potential gains from migration and resilience 
    • Reasons for returning 
  • 4. Mental Health and Psychosocial Consequences 
    • Consequences at the individual level 
    • Consequences at the sociorelational level 
  • 5. Factors Facilitating Sustainable Reintegration 
    • Individual factors 
    • Social and interpersonal factors 
    • Reintegration assistance
  • 6. Factors Complicating Sustainable Reintegration 
    • Individual factors 
    • Social and interpersonal factors 
    • Structural factors 
  • 7. Key Issues Faced by Returning Migrants in Accessing and Receiving Mental Health and Psychosocial Support 
    • Lack of MHPSS services 
    • Cost of MHPSS services 
    • Stigma and lack of understanding around MHPSS needs and services 
  • 8. Conclusion and Recommendations 
  • References