PHD FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS​

Mental health experiences of people seeking sanctuary

How should researchers work with migrants?

University researchers can approach charities and campaigning groups with research proposals that are exploitative and extractive, slow to produce benefits for the organisation and participants, can cause harm participants, and have little follow-up or sustainability. Sohail conducted participatory action research projects with Afghan and Iranian community groups to better understand how to avoid these pitfalls and have a positive working relationship with migrants, migrant organisations and migrant communities.

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How does the asylum process affect people’s mental health?

The asylum process is the system by which people seeking safety and sanctuary in the UK, claim refugee status. It involves a screening interview, substantive interview, forced dispersal and range of restrictions on rights and entitlements (e.g. people do not have the right to work). Sohail conducted in-depth and walking interviews with people who had sought asylum, how and in what way the different elements of the asylum process affected people’s mental health.

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How do sanctuary seekers seek support and manage their mental health?

University researchers can approach charities and campaigning groups with research proposals that are exploitative and extractive, slow to produce benefits for the organisation and participants, can cause harm participants, and have little follow-up or sustainability. Sohail conducted participatory action research projects with Afghan and Iranian community groups to better understand how to avoid these pitfalls and have a positive working relationship with migrants, migrant organisations and migrant communities.

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