Re-traumatisation, fear and suicidal thinking: a case study of boatpeople from Australia

Nicholas G. PROCTER


Ninety percent of boatpeople who make it toAustralias migration zone are assessed as legitimate refugees and given Temporary Protection Visas (TPV) allowing them to stay inAustraliafor three years in the first instance. The aim of this paper is to pinpoint aspects of re-traumatisation, fear mistrust as stressors for one individual living on a TPV. This paper identifies how discrete elements in the recent and distant past interact with the present forming a re-traumatising environment with ongoing psychosocial stressors and changes in mental distress. The paper is based upon extensive ethnographic fieldwork with people released from Australian Immigration Detention facilities.


traumatisation; migrtion; immigration detention; mental distress

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