Exposure to Traumatic Experiences Among Asylum Seekers from Eritrea and Sudan During Migration to Israel

Ora Nakash, Benjamin Langer, Maayan Nagar, Shahar Shoham, Ido Lurie, Nadav Davidovitch

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Abstract

Little is known about the experiences of displaced individuals en route to destination countries. We investigated the reported prevalence of exposure to traumatic experiences during migration among a consecutive sample of adult asylum seekers (n = 895 Eritrean, n = 149 Sudanese) who sought health services in the Physicians for Human Rights Open-Clinic in Israel. Percentage of Eritrean and Sudanese men and women who reported witnessing violence (Eritrea: men: 41.3 %, women: 29.3 %; Sudan: men: 16.8 %, women: 22.2 %) and/or being a victim of violence (Eritrea: men: 56.0 %, Women: 34.9 %; Sudan: men: 51.9 % women: 44.4 %) during migration varied by gender and country of origin. Findings highlight the need for a well-coordinated international cooperation to document and prevent these transgressions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1280-1286
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Volume17
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 23 Aug 2015

Keywords

  • Asylum-seeker
  • Eritrea
  • Exposure to trauma
  • Israel
  • Mental health
  • Sudan

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