Refuge

Refuge is a magazine specializing in Social Science topics.

Articles from Vol. 25, No. 1, Spring

Addressing the Psychosocial Needs of Pregnant Women Affected by War: Program Approaches and Program Gaps
Abstract Today's female refugee and internally displaced population faces the increasing risk of adverse birth outcomes associated with stress related to conflict, flight, and displacement. Programs addressing the specific psychosocial needs of...
Coming Home: Connecting Older Liberians in the Diaspora with the Family and Friends at Home
Abstract Coming Home is an arts initiative that uses photography and film to connect older Liberians in the Diaspora with friends and family at home. A group of elders in Staten Island came together to create messages for the author to carry to...
Confronting the Insider-Outsider Polemic in Conducting Research with Diasporic Communities: Towards a Community-Based Approach
Abstract Researchers focusing on diasporic contexts face the difficult task of wearing their "academic hats" while at the same time building meaningful relationships with immigrant communities. This is no more apparent (and important) than with...
Dialectics of Humanitarian Immigration and National Identity in Canadian Public Discourse
Abstract Humanitarian immigration is an important element in the construction of Canada's identity as a liberal and compassionate country. Drawing on Hegelian dialectics, a discourse analysis of newspaper articles published between 1996 and 2001...
Do No Harm: Challenges in Organizing Psychosocial Support to Displaced People in Emergency Settings
Abstract Psychosocial assistance in emergencies plays an important role in alleviating suffering and promoting well-being, but it is often a source of unintended harm. A prerequisite for ethically appropriate support is awareness of how psychosocial...
Internal Exile: Effects on Families and Communities
Abstract Military regimes throughout Latin America used a variety of tactics to instill terror in the population. In the case of Chile, the military dictatorship used torture, assassination, disappearance, exile and relegacion, or internal exile,...
In the Space between Employees and Clients: The Impact of Organizational Context on a Refugee Program in Sierra Leone
Abstract This paper uses a case-study approach to describe how organizational characteristics may influence program outcomes in humanitarian aid situations. Organizational structure and human resource management are discussed as organizational factors...
Post-Disaster Mental Distress Relief: Health Promotion and Knowledge Exchange in Partnership with a Refugee Diaspora Community
Abstract After the 2004 Asian tsunami, a group of concerned scientists, physicians, and community service providers united to form a Local Distress Relief Network (LDRN) to provide information, referral, and care to affected members of the large...
The Resettlement Challenge: Integration of Refugees from Protracted Refugee Situations *
Abstract This paper explores Canada's response, through our Refugee and Humanitarian Resettlement Program, to developments in international refugee policy and will ask how Canada's resettlement program could be used more strategically in the future...
Understanding the Dynamics of Return: The Importance of Microfoundations
Abstract Displaced persons are relevant actors in determining not only some of their life options but also some of the final results of violent conflict and policies addressing such conflict. Patterns of relocation and return are a key part of those...
Vulnerability, Resiliency, and Dignity: Psychosocial Dimensions of the Refugee Experience
INTRODUCTION Within the realm of refugee work, "psychosocial" approaches tend to be labeled "soft" when compared to legal, economic, and medical perspectives. The term "psychosocial" itself encompasses many different ways of applying psychology...
Who Wants to Return Home? A Survey of Sudanese Refugees in Kakuma, Kenya
Abstract With the goal of better understanding some of the psychological factors related to refugees' desire to return home, surveys were administered to 235 South Sudanese refugees living in the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya. Respondents were asked...