Navigation Links
Unemployment causes more mental health problems among Somalis in London than in Minneapolis
Date:9/7/2012

Somali immigrants to the UK and USA appear to integrate better and have fewer mental health problems if they are allowed to work and they receive practical support during the first few years of their time in the new country, according to a study led by researchers at Queen Mary, University of London (UK) and published in BioMed Central Public Health today (Friday). [1]

The study used a survey and focus groups to investigate the experiences of Somalis living in London (UK) and Minneapolis (USA). After adjusting for various factors such as age, sex and marital status, the researchers found that Somalis in London were six times more likely to suffer from major depression and four times more likely to have any psychological disorder than those who lived in Minneapolis.

Most of the 189 survey respondents and 47 focus group participants had a shared history of displacement and similar immigration experiences. Like the Olympic Gold medal athlete, Mo Farah, they came to the UK or USA because they were fleeing violence and human rights abuses in Somalia. However, 90 per cent were unemployed in London, compared to 26 per cent in Minneapolis; 98 per cent had obtained refugee status or citizenship in Minneapolis compared to 83 per cent in London.

"We found that participants from London were more likely to have their immigration cases pending, experienced more problems of family separation and were more likely to be unemployed than Minneapolis participants. However, if they were in employment, then the risk of major depression was lower," said Dr Nasir Warfa, senior lecturer at the Centre for Psychiatry at the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, Barts and The London School of Medicine & Dentistry, part of Queen Mary, University of London.

Professor Kamaldeep Bhui, Professor of Epidemiology and Cultural Psychiatry at the Centre for Psychiatry, said: "We know that employment is a key public health intervention for psychological well-being of refugee populations. In Minneapolis, at present, refugees are supported when they arrive and are allowed to work. However, in London, they are not allowed to work until their immigration status has been processed and they have been given permission to stay in the country. Preventing an able and gifted population from working is not helpful and can be detrimental to the psychological wellbeing of refugee communities, and thus their prospects of successful integration in the long term."

Women appeared to have better mental health than men, as men suffered from loss of their masculine identity due to being unemployed. Stigmatised refugee identity and reversal of traditional gender roles were also among the significant psychological problems found among the London and Minneapolis Somalis.

"If Somali immigrants are supported for the first few years of their time in a new country, and are able to work, they will do better and live economically active lives, with fewer mental health problems," added Dr Warfa. "Whereas if these support mechanisms are not in place, then it can end up costing more in the long term because of ongoing health costs."


'/>"/>

Contact: Emma Mason
e.mason@qmul.ac.uk
Queen Mary, University of London
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Rheumatoid arthritis takes high toll in unemployment, early death, Mayo Clinic finds
2. Internet addiction -- Causes at the molecular level
3. Genetic analyses reveal novel mutations as causes of startle disease
4. Men with prostate cancer more likely to die from other causes
5. Einstein receives nearly $5 million to study how Ebola causes infection
6. Study identifies causes for high rates of allergic reactions in children with food allergies
7. Food elimination diet identifies causes of difficulty swallowing and swelling of the throat
8. Obesity, depression found to be root causes of daytime sleepiness
9. 3-center study identifies main causes of unprofessional behavior among hospitalists
10. Scientists discover gene which causes rare disease in babies
11. Pneumonia and preterm birth complications are the leading causes of childhood death
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:7/20/2017)... ... July 20, 2017 , ... ... further expand its existing adherence automation lines. The ATP® Mini and InspectRx® ... technology of TCG’s standard products, but at a size and price point that ...
(Date:7/20/2017)... ... July 20, 2017 , ... ... services since 2014, top travel insurance solution company VisitorsCoverage Inc. has launched TMQuotes, ... all major international travel insurance products online, under their own brand. The online ...
(Date:7/20/2017)... ... July 19, 2017 , ... A local ... and increased funds raised to support fine arts programs in Chester County’s Elementary ... in Freed-Hardeman University’s Loyd Auditorium. , More than 850 people attended the ...
(Date:7/20/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Med Tech Solutions (MTS), a leading health care cloud computing ... Constellation Inc., a move that will help the company better serve its clients and ... acquisition is expected to help MTS expand its presence in the Midwest ...
(Date:7/20/2017)... , ... July 19, 2017 , ... A July 5th ... successful weight loss surgery patients who had received a body contouring procedure reported experiencing ... beauty clinic Beverly Hills Physicians (BHP), which provides both types of procedures, notes that ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:7/14/2017)... 14, 2017 Endo International plc (NASDAQ: ENDP ... 8, 2017.  Members of its senior management team will host a ... 8:30 a.m. ET. The dial-in number to access ... (678) 509-7598, and the passcode is 45397076. Please dial in 10 ... A replay of the call will be available ...
(Date:7/13/2017)... 13, 2017  Centurion Medical Products, a leader in medical product ... fecal impaction removal device for hospice patient care. ... Centurion Medical Products ... Patient pain management and emotional comfort are part ... alleviate patient pain while preventing unneeded emergency department admission due to ...
(Date:7/13/2017)... , July 13, 2017  New York City-based market research ... markets should be aware of.  From new products to new ... detailed in a recently completed study, Potential Pipeline Disruptors ... 1.  Age-Driven Growth - True ... been aware of the impact the growing population and, to ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: