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Corona epidemic exacerbates the psychological disorders of immigrants

 Corona epidemic exacerbates the psychological disorders of immigrants


Rennes (France): In an interview with Agence France-Presse, two sociologists said that the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated psychological barriers among young migrants due to the often arduous migration journey and increasing isolation .

In Europe, the social and administrative status of immigrants is usually uneven, with some immigrants completing their studies and others not. On the one hand, according to Urotsat's research, a common feature of these immigrants is their youth, with an average age of 29.2 in 2019, which is a precarious situation, according to Patricia Longel, professor of sociology at the School of Advanced Health Studies. General Rennes (Western France).

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This researcher, along with Alicia Lovibauer, a sociologist and director of research at the college, leads a research project on the health of young immigrants that she proposed in The Dialogue.

According to the Primo Levi Research Center, the mental health of immigrants is threatened: 38% of them suffer from mental illnesses (depression, suicidal thoughts ...). "They have experienced trauma during the immigration process and are vulnerable to mental illness and psychosomatic illness," said Rankel.

Ulysses syndrome is a chronic stress resulting from long-term exposure to anxiety and is one of the most common diseases.

Attacks of anxiety and hallucinations

"These behaviors can be very dangerous. They may be exposed to attacks of anxiety or hallucinations due to the pressures of uncertainty," Rankel said. He indicated that there are barriers to supporting them due to the lack of space and vocational training.

Since the outbreak of the health crisis, insecurity has increased among migrants. Sometimes they cannot get food, and the isolation between them increases dramatically.

"We keep people safe, but they find that they can only support themselves. Many small groups have been forced to suspend their activities, and the feeling of isolation and displacement has increased among the migrants," said Alicia Lovibor.

In addition, all forms of informal aid, such as the workshops, games and snacks organized by the association, to help migrants have stopped.

The researchers added: "There is no longer a warmth for the people around them, because human interactions depend mainly on volunteers, and their mental health is deteriorating."

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In France, the researchers said, "the state takes care of their administrative status, but they can only exist as immigrants, not as people at risk and extreme poor."

In February, the French National Academy of Medical Sciences considered the health of the immigrants "worrying" on the grounds that their mental disorders were "six times the average population". She attributed this to the instability of housing and sanitation conditions and the delay in obtaining their rights.

In the most dangerous situations, the researchers specifically referred to administrative detention centers, and although it was not possible to return detainees to their countries of origin in some cases, some of them remained in closed operations to combat Covid-19. Open.

“The state believes that these centers have stopped before they are deported to another party, and therefore there is no concern about the detainees’ suffering, ”Loughborough said.

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